Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school's varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website to have Reale reinstated by the school district's superintendent, Rich Burns.
The petition's preamble says, in part, "Superintendent Burns . . . has forced Coach Lou Reale to retire from coaching the girls varsity softball team after 27 years. Mr. Burns has repeatedly ignored the majority of supporters for Coach Lou."
"At the board of education meeting [in July] more than 50 people showed up to speak in support, including ex-players, current players, parents, and colleagues. Two people spoke against. Most of the supporters couldn't show up due to prior commitments and to the short notice given. Mr. Burns hasn't given any reason for his actions and doesn't plan to."
"We all know this is a personal vendetta. . . . Coach Lou has impacted so many lives in positive ways. . . . My daughter [Maddie, the team's catcher] learned more from him in one season than in the previous five. I want him, as do many others in this community, reinstated. . . ."
As of Tuesday morning, the online petition had received 88 signatures.