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Coach Johnson Suing SBCSC for harassing and intimidation.

Coach Johnson Suing SBCSC for harassing and intimidation.

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:16 pm

Ex-Riley hoops coach threatens lawsuit against South Bend schools
CHRISTIAN SHECKLER South Bend Tribune Jun 30, 2017 Updated 2 hrs ago (1)
Riley coach says parent 'tried to manipulate' basketball program, emails show


Michael Caterina
Riley High School head boys basketball coach Mark Johnson calls out a play during the game against Elkhart Central High School Jan. 6 in Elkhart. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA
SOUTH BEND — Mark Johnson, the former Riley High School basketball coach who resigned after complaining that officials meddled in his coaching decisions and harassed him, filed papers Friday warning the South Bend Community School Corp. that he intends to sue.

Johnson, who coached Riley boys basketball for 15 years, announced his resignation as coach in March. He said Riley's principal ordered him to expand his roster to include the son of a school board member-elect, and that the school board member, Leslie Wesley, and her family tried to harass and intimidate him.

On Friday, Johnson filed a tort claim notice with the school corporation, indicating his intent to sue under state law. He also filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the first step toward a federal lawsuit.

In the papers, Johnson alleged the school corporation failed to enforce its own anti-harassment policies when Wesley and her sister, Riley guidance director Charan Richards, accused him of mistreating black players. Johnson, who is white, described those allegations as racially motivated.

The "defamatory" statements by Wesley and Richards included a Facebook post by Wesley that has since been deleted and emails that Richards sent to Johnson and school administrators, according to the papers.

Wesley has denied the allegations that she harassed or intimidated Johnson, and has said she was not involved in the roster orders.

Moreover, Johnson alleged, the school corporation denied him a position as a summer school teacher this year in retaliation for his public complaints about the basketball season

Johnson was originally included in the roster of teachers for the first term of summer school. On June 5, however, the school corporation's board removed him from the list before approving more than 50 other teachers. Officials have not offered a reason for Johnson's removal from the roster.[/size][/size][/b]

He said his denial as a summer school teacher would hurt his retirement pension, which is based on a teacher's last five years of income.

Johnson intends to seek up to $700,000 from the school corporation.

Stan Wruble, president of the school corporation's board, said Friday he was not aware of Johnson's filings and could not comment on pending litigation.

Johnson's complaints started in November, when then-Riley principal Francois Bayingana directed him to include more players on his roster and to avoid cutting Wesley's son in particular.

By January, after Wesley was sworn in as a school board member, Johnson complained that she went around him to organize team activities, which he saw as an attempt to undermine him.

In February, Richards sent the emails accusing Johnson of mistreating black players, and Wesley emailed Johnson and high-ranking corporation administrators to seek a meeting with the coach to talk about "serious concerns."

Emails previously obtained by The Tribune show Johnson repeatedly aired his complaints about the situation to school corporation officials and advisers with the teachers union.

Last week, the school board announced that an investigation by law firm Faegre Baker & Daniels, which represents the school corporation, had found no evidence that Wesley broke board policies after she took office. :liar: :naughty:

The EEOC will review Johnson's complaint before deciding whether to launch an investigation of its own. If not, Johnson will have the right to file a federal discrimination lawsuit.

For the state tort claim, the Indiana Political Subdivision Risk Management Commission also will review the claims. After that, Johnson would have 90 days to file suit. ... 73519.html
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Re: Coach Johnson Suing SBCSC for harassing and intimidation

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:03 am

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