An assistant basketball coach from a Catholic high school in Philadelphia has been forced to resign over allegations that he was involved in a homophobic attack against a gay couple who were held down, punched and beaten by up to a dozen people.
Fran McGlinn, formerly of Archbishop Wood High School was released from his position by the Roman Catholic Archidiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday.
“He was terminated this evening and will not be permitted to coach in any archdiocesan school,” Kenneth Gavin, the spokesman for the archdiocese, told the Philadelphia Daily News. “We expect all those who work with students in our school to model appropriate Christian behavior at all times.”
Despite the victims’ claims that homophobic slurs were used during the attack, the state of Pennsylvania’s hate-crime law doesn’t cover attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity crime, so those acused will not face a hate-crime charge.