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Trashed: Local Coach Calling Foul

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 10:33 AM CDT
It was almost a slam dunk. Coach John Giesler says he loved
his years as a coach and educator at Illini Central in Mason County's Mason City,
but now he's calling foul. It's got the whole town talking.

"I have never been ashamed to say I'm a part of the
Mason City community until now," parent Josh Bradshaw said.

The town is home to the 2013 IHSA CLASS 1A State Champions
and now to a whole lot of controversy.

"He's an educator in our school district and for us to
treat him the way we treated him-- what are we showing our children?"
Bradshaw said.

 Just last Monday,
June 30th Coach Giesler retired from his job as school athletic director. A
week later the coach who led the school to state says he came back to a mess.

"It hurt. It's a lot of things there. A lot of memories
there, and I felt violated to be honest with you," Giesler said.

He says his daughter -in disbelief-- snapped pictures of family
photos and priceless mementos that were thrown in with the garbage.

"They weren't stacked in there. They had just been--
and there were trash cans with trash bags inside of them and everything was
thrown in," Giesler said.

We sat down with Illini Central School District
Superintendent Lori Harrison who says she, "will continue to make
decisions based on two things: what's best for kids and what's best for the
Illini Central School District."

With photos and the former athletic director's story-- we
asked Mrs. Harrison flat out if she threw the coach's things in the trash.

"No, I did not. Um-- I went into the school district's
athletic director's office on July 3rd, three days after he no longer was AD,
to begin the process of ensuring that our sports programs will continue
uninterrupted as they do begin in about a month," she said reading from a
prepared statement. 

Harrison says district attorneys and the Illinois Association
for School Administrators have advised her not to get more specific. Parents,
though, say she must.

"I know we have boxes in that school. Why would we
throw somebody's personal stuff into trash cans?" Bradshaw said.

Trashed: Local Coach Calling Foul

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