Sep 16, 2015 3:47 PM
EPPING – The Epping-Newmarket football team is without one of their coaches tonight after Sean Murphy was fired for allegedly commenting on a female known to the team's attire.
Now ex-coach Sean Murphy said the administration jumped the gun after the female student complained about the comments.
“They did not investigate it," Murphy said. "It was a report and a firing and that’s it."
Murphy claimed he had the female student in his car when he commented on her wearing a dress on the practice field.
“Some things got misinterpreted," Murphy said. "Some comments that I made were interpreted to be sexual in nature, and at no time was that the intent or would that be the intent of what I said.”
Murphy said the comments were solely a piece of advice for the young girl not to wear a dress to practice.
Parents like John Collins, of Epping, argue that the fact a coach had a student in his car is concerning.
“It sounds like the situation could have been avoided all together,” Collins said.
“Carpool with your friends," said Grace Frost, mother of two athletes in the district. "You never get in the car with your coach. They were always very much, ‘this is the line and we don’t cross it and you need to have a way here.' ”
The superintendent was unable to speak on personnel matters or whether or not the female’s claim was in fact further investigated.
“The administration had a knee-jerk reaction to that, and I’m out,” Murphy said.
He wrote a detailed letter of complaint to the district.
“The guy is more in the wrong," Collins said. "It’s a student it’s not just a regular person working a job.”
But Frost said the child should also know the situation wasn't a good one for her to be in either.
“The child should also have something said to her so that she understands," she said. "It’s just common sense. You don’t get into a car with people that you’re not supposed to."
Murphy admitted he probably shouldn’t have had the student in his car.
“I made a bad decision by allowing myself to be put in that situation," he said. "Yes I take some of the blame but did I do anything wrong? No, I did not."
According to Epping Police, no formal complaint has been filed with their department.
Murphy plans to support the team as a fan for now.
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