Reinstate Josh Bobbitt as Rider Baseball Coach

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Reinstate Josh Bobbitt as Rider Baseball Coach

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Tom Scholl started this petition to WFISH Athletic Director Scot Hafley and

Rider High School head baseball coach Josh Bobbitt has been reassigned from that position for sending inappropriate texts to several varsity baseball players. These 12+ texts contained internet memes and curse words.

Here is Bobbitt's statement:

"I sent a few text messages to three senior baseball players that were unprofessional. I crossed the line from being their friend more than their coach. I understand that was wrong and in turn a couple of parents are upset with me and as a result I have been reassigned from my head coaching duties with baseball at Rider High School. This was the first time in 16 years as a coach that I have been reprimanded. I realize I made a mistake and this is a very high price to pay."

Bobbitt, who would have been starting his fourth season as the Raiders' head coach later this month, was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 13. He was then reassigned on Monday, January 2nd and will help coach the track team as well as his teaching duties.

It is very apparent that these texts were not harmful or outlandish. If that were the case, he would no longer be employed, much less allowed to teach and coach another sport at Rider.

We respectfully ask that the WFISD Superintendent, WFISD Athletic Director and the Rider Campus Coordinator give the Josh Bobbitt supporters an opportunity to meet face to face and address these concerns:

1) We do not feel that it is fair that a life changing decision (for the players and Coach Bobbitt) was made based on the complaints of only a few parents. The overwhelming majority of the parents (and players) want Josh Bobbitt to be the head baseball coach at Rider.

2) We would like to discuss Josh Bobbitt having the opportunity to leave on his own terms. Let him coach the Rider baseball team for the 2017 season.

For those that support Josh Bobbitt, please sign the petition.

 

 

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