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Former Tuscola football coach may land new gig

Chris Brookshire Chris Brookshire

Less than a month after resigning from his position as head football coach at Tuscola High School following allegations of sexual harassment, Chris Brookshire has been offered a position in Swain County Schools.

According to the human resources department at Swain County Schools, Brookshire has been recommended for a temporary interim non-instructional position. His employment will not be official until voted upon by the board of education at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.

In December, Haywood County Schools Human Resources Department received multiple reports of Brookshire making inappropriate and unprofessional comments toward female colleagues. Brookshire was first suspended with pay on Dec. 7 and subsequently suspended without pay on Dec. 16. Superintendent of Haywood County Schools Trevor Putnam accepted Brookshire’s resignation on Monday, Jan. 2.

Tuscola High School Principal Heather Blackmon was suspended with pay from the school system on Dec. 16 in a related incident. She resigned on Feb. 6.

Brookshire had been hired as a physical education teacher, head football coach, weights coach and junior varsity boys basketball assistant coach in January 2020.

“There have been allegations made against me to Haywood County Schools’ Human Resources Department that I have made comments toward female co-workers that are inappropriate or unprofessional,” said Brookshire in a statement following his resignation. “I apologize to anyone who I may have spoken with in a way that they deemed offensive or hurtful. It was not my intent to harm or offend anyone. I have determined that it is time for me to resign, as I in no way would want do [sic] anything to compromise the integrity of Tuscola High School, Tuscola football, or myself. I am grateful for my time at Tuscola and the support I’ve received from the school community. I want nothing but the best for my players and the success of the football program moving forward.”

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  • A comment submitted from Renee states "Times have changed." What? This story illustrates how much times have NOT changed. It shows that the "good ol' boy" network is still alive and healthy.

    posted by Bruce Buchanan

    Monday, 02/13/2023

  • This is what happens with most sexual harassers. They move on to other similar workplaces, then, usually do it again. Is Swain County School system aware of the reason this man resigned at Tuscola?

    posted by Chuck

    Monday, 02/13/2023

  • The school system should be more transparent about the situation instead of keeping quite. This is how conspiracy theories start and for good reason.

    posted by Robert Stokely

    Saturday, 02/11/2023

  • Sexual harassment is its own animal in an always vigilant hyper-offended society. Times have changed. Not to say it didn’t happen, but the man has apologized, and I’m glad he got a new gig. #wtgswain

    posted by Renee

    Friday, 02/10/2023

  • This pervert should NEVER be in another school. DISGUSTING, shame on you Swain County

    posted by Bret

    Friday, 02/10/2023

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