Nov 16, 2011
Coach Sued By Student For Calling Him ‘Future Welfare Recipient’

If you’re a high school basketball coach who feels like making a racist insult to a student, you probably shouldn’t do it while the student is recording it with his cell phone camera. Winnetonka High (Kansas City) basketball coach Derek Howard is on administrative leave at this hour while the school is investigating remarks he made toward a student. Marcus Williams Sr. and his son, Marcus Williams Jr., filed a racial harassment suit against Howard after he called the younger Williams a “future welfare recipient.” KCTV:

“He was doing a daily joG and he stopped and he said, ‘Hey, take a picture and then at the bottom: future welfare recipient, ‘” the student said. “I just felt belittled, crushed and utterly discouraged.”

Marcus Williams said this comment was typical of those he has endured for the past two years. So he grabbed his cell phone and asked his coach to repeat his remarks.

The coach can be heard laughing and saying, Future welfare recipient who? Students that don’t get good grades.

Williams was horrified that a teacher he trusted to oversee his son’s education and is stunned by the allegations.

“My son has been carrying a baggage worth of two years of harassment… by someone who is bigger than him, who has more authority than him, Williams said.

It should be noted that Williams Jr. isn’t on the basketball team: he refused to try out this season because, he says, because Howard told African-American students that they would grow up to be laborers who made less than $30, 000 annually.”

“Countless times I told him, ‘Hey, this is hurting my feelings and you should stop.’ I guess he thinks I’m just a kid and he can do whatever he wants, Marcus Williams said.

Howard has apologized, but Williams Jr. and his father aren;t accepting it, saying that the apology was insincere.

Coach Sued By Student For Calling Him ‘Future Welfare Recipient’

NBCSports.com, Rick Chandler

http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2011/11/15/hs-basketball-coach-sued-by-student-for-calling-him-future-welfare-recipient/

If you’re a high school basketball coach who feels like making a racist insult to a student, you probably shouldn’t do it while the student is recording it with his cell phone camera. Winnetonka High (Kansas City) basketball coach Derek Howard is on administrative leave at this hour while the school is investigating remarks he made toward a student. Marcus Williams Sr. and his son, Marcus Williams Jr., filed a racial harassment suit against Howard after he called the younger Williams a “future welfare recipient.” KCTV:

“He was doing a daily joG and he stopped and he said, ‘Hey, take a picture and then at the bottom: future welfare recipient, ‘” the student said. “I just felt belittled, crushed and utterly discouraged.”

Marcus Williams said this comment was typical of those he has endured for the past two years. So he grabbed his cell phone and asked his coach to repeat his remarks.

The coach can be heard laughing and saying, Future welfare recipient who? Students that don’t get good grades.

Williams was horrified that a teacher he trusted to oversee his son’s education and is stunned by the allegations.

“My son has been carrying a baggage worth of two years of harassment… by someone who is bigger than him, who has more authority than him, Williams said.

It should be noted that Williams Jr. isn’t on the basketball team: he refused to try out this season because, he says, because Howard told African-American students that they would grow up to be laborers who made less than $30, 000 annually.”

“Countless times I told him, ‘Hey, this is hurting my feelings and you should stop.’ I guess he thinks I’m just a kid and he can do whatever he wants, ” Marcus Williams said.

Howard has apologized, but Williams Jr. and his father aren;t accepting it, saying that the apology was insincere.






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