Briefly Noted: Olathe North suspends coach after racial slur allegation

Olathe North High School

Olathe North is recommending immediate termination of Pete Flood, the school's head baseball coach, after a Black player's father said the coach used a racial slur when talking to the player Thursday before a game. Photo via KCUR.

Olathe North suspends coach after racial slur allegation

Olathe North High School suspended head baseball coach Pete Flood — and recommended he be fired — after a Black player’s parent said Flood used a racial slur when talking to the player, KCUR reports.

The player’s father said via Facebook that the incident happened Thursday before a game. The player set up speakers to play rap music and warm up before the game, according to a Facebook post. Flood told the player that “we don’t play that [racial slur] music over here. We only play country and rock music,” according to the Facebook post.

Olathe Public Schools officials acknowledged the incident Friday, and then placed Flood on administrative leave, KCUR reports.

“The comments made are absolutely unacceptable,” the district’s statement read. “In the Olathe Public Schools, our priority is the well-being of ALL our students. Racist and derogatory statements will never be tolerated.”

A special board meeting is planned for Monday at 8:15 a.m. after officials submitted a recommendation for termination to the board of education, KCUR reports.

First National Bank of Omaha to open new retail branch May 10

The First National Bank of Omaha will open its newest retail branch in Overland Park on May 10.

FNBO will celebrate with a grand opening at the Blue Valley Parkway Branch located at 7335 W. 119th Street. It is FNBO’s eight branch in Johnson County.

Johnson County students named 2021 Kansas Governor’s Scholars

Several graduating seniors in Johnson County were recently honored for finishing in the top 1% of their high school graduating class in 2021.

Gov. Laura Kelly recognized the following scholars:

  • Shawnee Mission East
    • Avery Bihuniak
    • Catherine Erickson
    • Grace Strongman
    • Sienna Sun
    • Lily Utt
  • Shawnee Mission North
    • Audrey Caravello
    • Matthew Cunningham
    • Anna Hathaway
    • Nkemjika Obi
  • Shawnee Mission South
    • Charles Horner
    • Anna James
    • John Selzer
    • Carina Swanson
  • Shawnee Mission West
    • Jacob Helsel
    • Guntas Jammu
    • Noah Valverde
    • Zachary Wallenburg
  • De Soto High
    • Nicole Schottler
    • Brent Smith
    • Kyle Smith
  • Blue Valley High
    • Sophie Bahadursingh
    • Shayla Bhuri
    • Tanya Pattani
    • Nikhil Reddy
  • Blue Valley North High
    • Firas Batrash
    • Alec Liu
    • Grant Mao
    • Natalie Swerdlow
  • Blue Valley Northwest High
    • Sneha Jacob
    • Lucas Liang
    • Shaurir Ramanujan
    • Suhaan Syed
  • Blue Valley Southwest High
    • Egan Li
    • Owen Li
    • Karthik Sathish
    • Kristina Wu
  • Blue Valley West High
    • Alan Abraham
    • Rohit Chand
    • Supta Das
    • Abihith Kothapalli
  • Olathe North High
    • Wade Boohar
    • Arjun Garapaty
    • Khushi Kohli
    • Samuel Liu
    • Tasmin Sangha
  • Olathe Northwest High
    • Ronald (Sam) Arrick
    • Jordyn Gobble
    • Avery Hurley
    • Tanya Qin
    • Margo Salaczplantz
  • Olathe South High
    • Videl Nelson
    • Micaela Reiss
    • Mason Romero
    • Colin Sears
    • Shalika Subramanian
  • Olathe West High
    • Sam Butler
    • Nicholas Gerogiou
    • Hannah Lewis
    • Ryan Sauter
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High
    • Seth Filipsen
    • Lauren Miller
    • Grace O’Keefe
  • Bishop Miege High
    • Charles Hill
    • Aidan Oblepius
  • Gardner-Edgerton High
    • Pearl Savasten
    • Elysia Valverde
    • Kendra Wait
    • Brenton Wilden
  • St. James Academy
    • Jamie Cordes
    • Jason Heeb
    • Maria Matulis
  • Heritage Christian Academy
    • Lydia Burrell
  • Insight School of Kansas
    • Lauren Siebel
  • Spring Hill High
    • Morgan D’Albini
    • Lily Kuhn
    • Allison McMillin