Maine High School football coach Duane Greaton seems to have lost his job at Gray-New Gloucester High following an incident in which he encouraged players on his team to taunt an opponent with lesbian parents. The parents, Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, say that after their son was tackled, players asked him "Who's your daddy?" at the behest of Greaton.
“We found out because some Gray parents and players stepped forward and we are extremely thankful to them,” said Lynn. “They did what they could about it and we are appreciative and thankful for that.”
According to the Press Herald, The Eckersley-Rays contacted the school's administrators, asking for a meeting with Greaton to discuss the incident. The only response they received was a note that said: “He no longer works for SAD 15." It is unclear if he was fired or if he resigned.
“MSAD 15 takes concerns about the safety and security of students very seriously and does not tolerate threatening or discriminating behavior,” King said in an email that he issued Thursday.
Scott Walker, the athletic director at Gray-New Gloucester, would not comment on the situation. “Our remaining staff will be in place on the sidelines Saturday,” he said.
“We are appalled by your coach’s behavior as it is not only the explicit targeting of a player, but it is also incredibly discriminatory and hate-laden in nature," reads the letter sent to the school from the Eckersley-Rays. "It is our understanding that targeting is not acceptable per [Maine Principals’ Association, which governs Maine high school athletics] … rules and we certainly know that anti-discrimination, anti-bias, and hate-crime laws protect individuals in Maine.”
Lynn described the harassment as “extremely difficult for our family … It has been a little overwhelming.”
The Gray-New Gloucester football team has won no games this season.
[Photo: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office]
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