Students, parents outraged at Blanket ISD school board for coach, AD's release
BLANKET, TX —
On Tuesday, chants could be heard outside Blanket ISD.
"We'll scream it, we'll shout it -- Williamson!"
The Lady Tiger Basketball team just one example of the outrage felt following Monday's school board decision not to renew the contract of its head football coach and Athletic Director Brent Williamson after a 5-2 vote. The ruling means Williamson's one-year tenure would be done at the end of the school year.
The decision came as a shock to many, with parents and students taking to social media to voice their disagreement with the school board, later starting the hashtag "keep coach Williamson" that was trending on Twitter.
Many also sharing their stories of the kind of man he is, not just as a coach, and some parents even wrote they feel they've "lost their voice" when it comes to school board decisions and input.
Blanket ISD Superintendent David Whisenhunt did release this statement on Thursday:
"Brent Williamson is a good man. I am certain that the Blanket School Community knows how I feel about Brent. I have known Brent almost all his life and one of my sons had the opportunity to play on a state football team with Brent. I’ve known Brent to be a man of high moral character and integrity. He was attempting to bring to Blanket ISD athletic programs a strong disciplinary structure, with fairness, student acceptance of their role as it pertains to Athletics, holding students to a higher standard and accountability for their actions. Brent has been a strong influence to the overall attitude of students. Although he has only been here a few months I have come to know Brent as one of the hardest working coaches I have ever worked with as exampled by his attempts to improve and expand facilities and incorporate new UIL sports into our athletic programs which is providing more opportunities for our students. Would I have liked to see Brent remain at Blanket ISD? YES: Many times life brings unexpected twist and turns our way and we have to deal with them as we are now at Blanket ISD" - David Whisenhunt, Superintendent, Blanket ISD.