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Montana prep football coach resigns after post on protesters

| July 10, 2020 2:38 PM

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A high school football coach in Montana resigned after suggesting in a social media post that Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City should be hanged, the Darby School District announced Friday.

School officials said football coach Jeff Snavely resigned 10 days after the school board suspended him without pay for one year.

Snavely had coached the Darby football team for the past seven seasons, the Missoulian reported.

Replying to a Facebook post on May 31 in support of law enforcement, Snavely wrote about protesters: “they should all be strung up and hang in the public like the old days. Lot less of that (expletive) would go on.”

Snavely has said he is “deeply regretful” about the post, and it has been deleted.

The coach's resignation will not change the district's plans to form a racial and social justice committee at the school and to hold a series of community conversations, according to the district's press release.

“His resignation does not erase the fact that these steps are still an important part of the healing in our community,” the district stated.