High School Athletic Director Suspended Over Possible Misconduct

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The Plumas (Calif.) Unified School District has suspended Quincy High School assistant principal and athletic director Jason Hawkins in order to investigate potential misconduct. 

Hawkins was hired by the school in 2018 and has since been accused of sexually and racially harassing player when he coached San Jose State's basketball team in 2017. 

Plumas superintendent William Roderick said in a statement that Hawkins has been put on leave while “the District investigates allegations of potential misconduct by Mr. Hawkins during his employment with the Plumas Unified School District. As with all personnel matters, the details are confidential and cannot be shared at this time.” 

According to KRON 4, while at San Jose State in 2017, investigators found that Hawkins sexually and racially harassed players and his coaching staff with raunchy sex jokes, which he called "story time." He also used racial slurs to refer to Black and Asian players, and made derogatory statements about women. 

San Jose State placed Hawkins on administrative leave in late 2017 following the completion of the investigation, and he resigned in 2018 before a decision could be made on how he would be disciplined. 

The press release announcing Hawkins’ resignation did not give a reason for his departure. San Jose State officials confirmed that the Plumas district made no inquiry about Hawkins and no request for a recommendation when he was hired in 2018.

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