Shaw High School football coach suspended following allegations of inappropriate conduct, conversations

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Longtime Shaw High School football coach Rodney Brown has been suspended from his duties with pay.

According to Donshon Wilson, Director of Communication and Technology for the East Cleveland City Schools, school staff escorted Brown from the building on Thursday.

Wilson says the action came after the district learned of allegations against Brown relating to four students.

He says the allegations are still being investigated, but they relate to inappropriate conduct and conversations.

In addition to being the head football coach, Brown is also a teacher assigned to dealing with in-school suspensions.

Heritage Middle School football coach Bruce Coffey, Jr. will serve as the interim high school football coach.

“If they think something is happening, they should talk to us and let us know, so that we can make an informed decision about what we want to do, you know, based on what we know, but if we don’t know anything, we can’t make a decision about what we want to do with our children,” said parent Evelyn Calloway.

“They got to keep everything undercover until they do their investigation, so until they do their investigation of course we’re not gonna know more, until they find out,” said parent Sherrie Ellis.

Many parents were stunned to learn there are allegations against someone who has been a role model to many children over the years.

“My daughter never had anything bad to say about him, so therefore, yea, I guess he was, or at least I thought he was,” Ellis added.

Wilson says the parents of the four students involved have been notified.

East Cleveland police say at this point they are not involved.

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