Alleged racist social media post leads to local softball coach’s termination

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Updated: 4/29 10:28 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany School District is continuing to investigate whether or not a Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School softball coach re-tweeted a racist post.

The District said former coach Zoe Naylor was working as a substitute for the schools.

School district officials said a parent alerted them to a re-tweet found on Naylor's personal twitter page. The district claims the post contained a photograph of an African American child and a sentence that included a derogatory term.

“We do not tolerate the use of that kind of language by any employee of our district,” Albany School District Spokesman Ron Lesko said.

Naylor’s twitter page has been shut down, but the accusing parents provided a copy of the tweet that was seen by district officials.

“What I saw was a still shot of an African American child with one sentence underneath that said the child looked like – with the use of a derogatory term – looked like a performer,” Lesko said.

The referenced performer was John Legend.

Lesko said Naylor was immediately suspended from her duties coaching the girl’s modified softball team at Myers Middle School after. She was later fired.

Naylor was also an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Schenectady County Community College. Her contract ended in March, and she is not currently employed at the school.

Parents such as September Miner said coaches and teachers are models and should set better examples.

“I think that we’re the ones that they’re supposed to look at for positive things going on,” she said.

One angry parent, Melissa Gromoll, said the people should be more mindful of what they post online.

“Why don’t they just zip it?” she asked. “Keep your thoughts to yourself. Don’t say nothing about anyone. Everybody’s equal in this world.”

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