David Flom, suspended for reading a racial slur aloud, is reinstated as Eden Prairie boys basketball coach

Eden Prairie coach David Flom discovered himself in acquainted territory Monday night time, listening to gamers’ sneakers squeaking on the basketball courtroom throughout observe.

Flom was reinstated as boys basketball coach by the Eden Prairie college district Monday after being suspended Dec. 8 over a racial slur he learn to gamers from a social media put up.

“I’m completely happy to be again and that I used to be reinstated,” Flom stated when reached by telephone after observe. “It was thrilling to be at observe and dealing with the children once more.”

An electronic mail despatched to gamers, mother and father and alumni indicated Flom learn the slur aloud throughout a classroom session with gamers and assistant coaches. The focus of the session was accountable use of social media.

During the suspension, Flom retained his place as an elementary college trainer within the district, the place he has taught and coached since 2006. The National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2020, Flom has a profession file of 390-156.

Flom’s suspension raised the query of whether or not an educator can ever be allowed to make use of a racial slur as a part of educating.

“There are totally different views on the usage of racial slurs in studying environments,” Tia Sheree Gaynor, affiliate professor of management and administration on the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, stated in December. “Some might consider that regardless of the state of affairs and regardless of the particular person, there is by no means a place to say a racial slur in a studying surroundings. I do not know if I’m all the best way there.

“However, if it is to be performed within the classroom or different studying environments there are various issues to think about earlier than doing so. … Why did the coach really feel comfy sufficient to say the racial slur? And maybe extra importantly, what did it convey to the lesson to incorporate the usage of the slur?”

Dirk Tedmon, govt director of promoting and communications for Eden Prairie Schools, stated by electronic mail that state legislation prohibited him from offering particulars besides that the investigation of Flom was full and that Flom had returned to teaching the staff.

“We admire everybody’s understanding of the significance of conducting a thorough investigation,” he wrote. “We listened to a number of views, and hope some studying comes out of this tough time.

“We are so happy with our gamers and interim coaches for how they’ve responded to modifications this season and for their dedication to one another, and we are going to proceed serving to our gamers attain their full potential as people and as a staff.”

Former Gophers participant Trevor Mbakwe, assistant coach and assistant actions director, served as the Eagles’ interim coach throughout the suspension.

Since Flom was suspended, two gamers have left the staff. One was guard Joey Flom, David Flom’s son. The different was standout ahead Chiddi Obiazor, who graduated early and headed to Kansas State, the place he signed to play soccer.

Flom was suspended following a season-opening 83-59 victory over St. Cloud Tech. The Eagles (8-5) went 7-5 in his absence and fell out of Minnesota Basketball News’ Class 4A rankings.

The Eagles host Wayzata in a Lake Conference recreation at 7 pm Tuesday. The Trojans (10-3) are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A.

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