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2 Rootstown school board members resign amid racial controversy involving high school football team


The fallout over the resignation of Rootstown High School’s football coach continued Monday night at a heated school board meeting, during which the board accepted the abrupt resignations of two board members.

Criticism and pressure from the community have intensified for the resignations of board members and Superintendent Andrew Hawkins over decisions that led to the resignation of football coach Troy Spiker. Hawkins oversaw the reinstatement of a white football player who was kicked off the team for alleged repeated use of racial slurs. Spiker, who had levied the discipline of the player only to see it reversed, quit in frustration after just two games.