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Protesters call for Rootstown superintendent’s resignation over handling of alleged racial issue


A group gathered outside the high school Friday night demanding Superintendent Andrew Hawkins resign after he overturned the head football coach’s discipline decision. Coach Troy Spiker had suspended a player who reportedly used racial slurs toward his teammates, but when Hawkins reinstated the player, Spiker himself resigned in protest.

Rootstown Local School District is located between Akron and Youngstown with roughly 1,100 students.