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Superintendent speaks out after coach resigns over taunting allegations

A varsity football coach at Gray-New Gloucester High School resigned amid allegations he pressured his players to taunt one of their opponents. (WGME)

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) – A varsity football coach at Gray-New Gloucester High School resigned amid allegations he pressured his players to taunt one of their opponents.

The superintendent is speaking out, as well as some parents.

The MSAD 15 superintendent confirms Gray-New Gloucester football coach Duane Greaton is no longer employed in the district.

This comes after two Yarmouth mothers say the coach instructed his players to taunt their son.

Yarmouth mothers Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray say this happened last Friday when Gray-New Gloucester played Yarmouth.

They say some Gray-New Gloucester parents notified them before the game Coach Greaton had instructed players to taunt their son by saying, "Who's your daddy?" every time he was tackled.

The couple sent a letter to the superintendent asking for a meeting to discuss the matter.

The superintendent sent out a statement Friday saying the situation has been resolved and that, "MSAD 15 takes concerns about the safety and security of students very seriously, and does not tolerate threatening or discriminatory behavior."

Parents say that kind of behavior is unacceptable.

The Gray-New Gloucester football team is winless this fall.

The athletic director said the remaining football staff will be in place on the sidelines for the last game of the season Saturday.

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