DUMAS, Ark. (KARK) – A south Arkansas high school football coach’s job status in remains unclear after screenshots have surfaced purportedly showing a text message from the white coach to a black parent using a racist slur.
It happened on Friday. The message reads: “I hate n*****s!”
The next message sent appears to be an attempt at a correction stating: “OMG so sorry I meant to say beggars.”
The parent is a mother of a student-athlete and also an employee of the school district.
“I mean she was shocked,” Byron Jenkins says.
“She was floored.”
Jenkins lives in town and works with student-athletes and their transition to college athletics.
Jenkins knows the woman who the message was sent to and also knows the coach. He has spoken to both of them.
“He said that he had apologized and that he had done basically everything that he thought that he could do,” Jenkins says about the coach.
We’re told the text message exchange happened after the woman’s son was overlooked during a time he was supposed to be recognized at a sports banquet. The woman informed the coach. The coach apologized. Minutes later the woman received the text message that some people speculate was intended for someone else.
“I mean, I definitely think he should be fired,” Jenkins says.
“I just don’t see how he could lead those young men onto the football field next fall.”
The superintendent of the Dumas School District declined to release any details regarding the coach’s current job status or discipline, but some parents say the coach was sent home on Monday.
Community members scheduled a meeting to discuss the concerns on Monday night.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Jenkins says.
“But, I think it’s an excellent opportunity for the administration to make an example and to bring Dumas to the spotlight and show our young people that we’re going to do the right things around here.”