On a recent visit to Beaufort High School -- my first since retiring 15 years ago following 14 years on the faculty -- I was in the media center when basketball coach Bruce Beasley stepped in. He came right over to give me a big hug.
We reminisced about the times he and assistant coach Leon Sherman designated me their good luck charm simply because the team always won when I was among the spectators.
He left the library and came back with Sherman, who gave me an even bigger hug. We spoke about a game they lost, and I can only reveal here that my lucky charm days were no longer assured.
When I heard the bad news that Beasley had been terminated the day before, I was saddened and outraged. Beasley, ever the gentleman, had not shared the bad news with me.
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If I had known before leaving Beaufort, I would have confronted the second-year principal for firing a successful, longtime coach, dedicated with all his being to the students and the school.
Praising the coach for his longtime service, and terminating him "to move forward," is not only spurious, it is contradictory and hypocritical. And that is not to mention the inhumane manner in which this wonderful man's career comes to an end.
Shame on the powers that be. They have done a disservice to the students to whom Beasley showed the way forward, and to Beaufort High School, which I love.
Rolf A. Leibinger