Buena High School coach accused of using "n" word returns to school
The Sierra Vista coach football coach accused of using the "n" word with an African American student is back on the field.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Wednesday, Sierra Vista school board officials voted 5-0 to keep varsity football coach , Ryan Scherling, following serious allegations. Thursday, Scherling was back on the field for the first time in two weeks.
"It's humbling because you know, it was very close to be taken away and I'm just honored that it worked out the way it did," Scherling told 9OYS, in describing what it is like to be back at practice.
According to the official statement of charges, the superintendent alleges Scherling used the "n" word with an African American student in relation to his clothing. The statement also accuses the second-year teacher continued to use other profanities and lied when he "denied" the behavior. .
During the weeks-long investigation, students wrote messages of support on Facebook, posting pictures of signs on car windows.
Scherling says he addressed his players ahead of practice, "I had a five minute briefing and just said, you know guys. I'm deeply sorry for causing this distraction to you guys and to our program and I hope that they realize I'm forever indebted to them -- each individual."
"I'm glad that it's all come out the way it did and I think all their questions have been answered as well. I think they're ready to move on as well and put it behind them," he continued.