The school district said it could not comment on the resignation or the text due to pending litigation.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) — A board member of Gateway School District has resigned after a controversial text led to a woman alleging racial discrimination and filing a federal lawsuit.

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In the lawsuit, Korie Morton-Rozier accuses school board member Paul Caliari and Gateway of not hiring her for the athletic director position because her husband is Black.

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Caliari specifically is accused of referencing Morton-Rozier and her husband in a text message that allegedly read: “Didn’t she start dating the darkies?” according to the lawsuit.

The school district confirmed Caliari’s resignation, which they accepted on Thursday.

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“Board members definitely understand the serious nature and concerns resulting from Mr. Caliari’s text; however, they are adhering to the advice of our solicitor in not commenting publicly,” the school district wrote in a letter to Gateway families on Thursday.