Taft’s Derrick Taylor suspended amid investigation by LAUSD

Taft boys’ basketball coach Derrick Taylor, one of the vital extremely adorned coaches within the Los Angeles Metropolis Part, has been suspended since Thursday within the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles Unified College District, he confirmed to The Occasions.The precise nature of the investigation is at the moment unclear. The Occasions has reached out to the LAUSD for remark.Taylor guided Taft to a Metropolis title in February, the fourth of his profession, in a season the place he additionally notched his five hundredth teaching win. It’s been a tumultuous few months for Taft, who noticed soccer coach Jeff Kearin step down in early March in help of Taft assistant principal Neezer McNab, who’d been beneath assessment by the district for an October incident wherein she repeated a racial epithet whereas telling a bunch of scholars to show down music.A large group within the Taft neighborhood protested McNab’s investigation, and she or he nonetheless stays as assistant principal, Taylor stated. Equally, Taylor is now receiving an outpouring of demonstration from college students and oldsters in a change.org petition titled “STOP Taft Excessive College from taking Coach Taylor’s Job!” which has practically 1,200 signatures as of simply after midday Thursday.“Following his lead our youngsters this 12 months fought laborious and Gained [sic] the CIF Metropolis Finals,” the petition’s description reads. “To let him go could be a shame to the sport of Basketball!”Regardless of the help, Taylor’s job seems to be in jeopardy.“Precisely what I’m being investigated for, I’m undecided but … I’m simply in a holding sample,” Taylor advised The Occasions. “That’s at the moment all I can say in the meanwhile.”It is a growing story. Verify again for additional updates.