Ringling Football Coach Placed on Paid Administrative Leave After Harassment Allegations

News 9 - February 24, 2023 7:09 am

State Superintendent Ryan Walters said Wednesday that a Ringling High School football coach has been placed on paid administrative leave after harassment allegations.

The NAACP Oklahoma State Conference called for a formal civil rights investigation into Phillip Koons’ treatment of his players.

The civil rights organization said the administration at Ringling Schools has shown a “continuous pattern of *egregious indifference” to alleged harassment based on sex and race.

RELATED: Ringling Residents Take Action Against Head Coach, State Dept. Of Education Responds

Koons, who is the head football coach and principal, is accused of allegedly using homophobic and racial remarks to his players.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education said it’s working with investigators to address these allegations.


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