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District: Coach fired after alleged racial retweet

ALBANY -- A middle school coach was fired Tuesday after the city's school district said she admitted to reposting a tweet containing a racial slur.

Zoe Naylor coached the modified softball team and served as a substitute physical education teacher. She was also listed as an assistant coach at Schenectady County Community College on the school's website. The college did not respond to a message asking if it was taking any action.

A spokesperson for the Albany City School District said a parent filed a complaint Monday against Naylor. The district immediately suspended her as it conducted an investigation and later fired her.

"Our investigation determined she did have a role in, not creating the information that was shared with us, but perpetuating the language that was shared with us. It included derogatory language that we just will not tolerate in the school district," said school spokesman Ron Lesko.

The Twitter post originated on April 20 containing a racial slur against African-Americans and an image of a child that supposedly resembled pop star John Legend. Naylor did not respond to a message requesting comment.

Lesko said the district does not provide social media guidelines for employees as part of its handbook, but that the school board has requested the policy in the past. He expects the guidelines will be developed in the near future.

"We run into these kinds of things with younger people in our school district. I think it's sort of blurred the lines about what is acceptable communication," said Lesko. "That's an educational process and that's part of our responsibility is to educate our students and staff about the appropriate use of social media tools and the appropriate way to communicate with other people."

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