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High school coach suspended for using racial slur

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BRIGHTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Brighton High School's basketball coach was suspended for using a word considered offensive toward African Americans.

"He made a remark we didn't think was appropriate," said Tipton County Director of Schools Tim Fite.

Fite told Action News 5 the district opened an investigation into Coach Jason Morgan's comments after receiving a complaint from a parent who took offense to the word the coach admitted to using while disciplining the team.

"He said he didn't want people acting a profane way," said Fite.  "I won't use the word."

You will not find the word we're told coach Morgan used in the dictionary.  While most people would not consider the most offensive racial slur, Fite said that does not matter.

Someone in Morgan's position or any district employee is prohibited from using any derogatory remark, especially in front of students.

Morgan's mouth earned him a one-day suspension from both his teaching and coaching duties.

"And then he suspended for two varsity games, two junior varsity games and two freshman games," said Fite.  "Which amounts to six games without pay."

Morgan reportedly came to Brighton after earning coach of the year honors at a Christian school in Greenville, Mississippi.

Morgan said he was unable to comment on the situation.

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