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Photo of coach in blackface for Halloween leads to his firing

NASHVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — An assistant coach with Brown County Schools was fired Thursday night after a picture of him in blackface for Halloween surfaced.

According to our newsgathering partners at the Brown County Democrat, the Brown County School Board  voted to terminate Richard Gist.

Gist worked for the school for almost a year as a high school football and track coach. He also worked as a substitute teacher. 

Gist previously said he was in costume as Bob Marley and it was meant as a tribute. He said the picture was taken around 10 years ago.

The Brown County Democrat reported Gist was at the school board meeting and spoke. A handful of other people also spoke at the meeting.

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