No need for former coach on staff
SouthtownStar editorial September 4, 2012 8:38PM
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:50PM
Rich Township High School District 227 is back in the news, and it’s sure not the kind of publicity the district wants. We’ve expressed doubt in the past about the leadership of the district, and this latest incident raises such doubt again.
The Rich Central High School girls varsity basketball coach, Bryan Craig, resigned that post last week after The SouthtownStar broke the news about his self-published book, “It’s Her Fault.” The book contains his bizarre, stereotypical views on women and their sexuality.
He writes in graphic detail what he believes to be the anatomical differences between women of different races and their private parts. He also encourages men and women to be promiscuous before marriage and says, “the easiest kill for a man is through the young lady with low self-esteem.”
Not exactly the type of views you want your daughter’s coach to hold. But it gets worse — Craig is also a guidance counselor at the Olympia Fields school. How much of his crude philosophy has he imparted to students since he joined the faculty in 2004? Scary to contemplate.
District 227 Supt. Donna Simpson Leak told reporter Casey Toner that she knew about the book for about a week before the story appeared and wasn’t happy about it. Still, she defended Craig’s “constitutional right to free speech.” After the story ran, Leak quickly put Craig on paid leave as a counselor and announced that the district was investigating his conduct.
We’re left wondering whether Leak intended to discipline Craig had our story never appeared.
Craig is entitled to his views and writing a lewd book is not a crime, but it’s highly inappropriate for someone who deals so closely with teenagers and has much opportunity to influence them. While Craig quit as basketball coach, his job as counselor remains uncertain. The school board held a special meeting Tuesday and said it would decide Craig’s status on Sept. 18, after a district inquiry and a hearing.
We vote for dismissal. Someone with such alarmingly poor judgment should not be advising students about career and life choices. He seems to be the one who could use some counseling.