Aug 22, 2013 9:07 PM by Nathan O'Neal
SIERRA VISTA - Thursday marked the first day back at Buena High school for Ryan Scherling after the school board decided unanimously to refuse his resignation despite the recommendations of the administrators.
Coach Ryan Scherling is a second year coach and teacher at Buena High School. HIs first year is what many would consider a successful season, leading the Buena Colts to their first playoff appearance in 19 years.
But that same coach has recently come under fire from administrators like Superintendent Kriss Hageral.
"The board yesterday made it very clear that they will not tolerate any profanity in front of our student or directed at our students or about our students... So they've put us all on notice that they won't tolerate it," Hageral said.
An internal investigation found that "Mr. Scherling used the "n" word with an African-American student in relation to his clothing."
Scherling denies ever using the word but multiple witnesses confirm it in the report.
The coach won't lose his job but many parents like Byron Hardesty-- who sends his son to Buena High School-- says it's sending the wrong message.
"As far as sports goes, you can get your point across without using offensive language... I played sports so i understand that you would talk in a different way you would normally but there are other ways and other words you can use," Hardesty said.
As fresh paint is laid down on the gridiron in preparation for the first varisty game next Friday, school officials insist that there's still hope for a fresh future for the school and the football team.
"Our staff know that we have very high standards of conduct for them as well as for our students and I know that we'll be able move forward from this and have a good year," Hageral said.