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Community rallying around Woodford County coach after racist incident

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 05:18:29-05

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Woodford County High School is launching an investigation after a staff member found a racial slur written in the water on their his window.

It happened Friday when the Woodford County Yellowjackets were hosting a basketball game against Grant County.

After the game, Head Girls Basketball Coach Erik Daniels found a racial slur written in the moisture on the rear window of his vehicle in the school parking lot. Daniels is also a teacher at the school.

When Bug Brown, a leader of Woodford County's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, found out about the incident she was appalled, "to go out to your car and see a racial slur on your car, that's unacceptable," she said.

This is Daniels first year coaching at Woodford County, but he comes to the school with plenty of experience. He played for the Wildcats in the early 2000s.

Brown is encouraging the community to come together and show support for Coach Daniels after this incident.

She hopes to fill the gym for their next home game on January 11, "We want everybody in our community to wear black and gold, and wear it proudly and show coach love not hate. This is his first year in our school as a head coach and that is not acceptable. That is not who we are at Woodford County, and that's not who we are going to become."

Woodford County High School released a statement saying they are reviewing surveillance video from the game and have notified law enforcement about the incident.

School officials say this incident does not represent the values of the district, and they work to maintain an inclusive atmosphere.