ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Melissa Bowerman, a high school coach, has lost her job after taking a student to the prom. Melissa Bowerman was a 41-year-old coach at Condon High School in Pendleton, Oregon. She had been teaching the school’s track and field team with her husband Jon Bowerman, 73. She is also the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman .
But officials at the Eastern Oregon high school fired her because she accompanied a 17 year old student to the school’s prom. Melissa Bowerman tells news that they were was no relationship, but admitted to dancing some slow dances with the seventeen year old.
The controversy grew after a chaperone at the prom contacted Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt. Bettencourt determined that Bowerman didn’t break the law. Moreover, the boy’s parents loved the idea of him taking the coach to the prom and gave complete consent.
But now school officials have dismissed Bowerman. What is their rationale? “There was an investigation done and through that investigation, there were some potential details that arose,” Condon superintendent Jan Zarate said in a news statement to East Oregonian newspaper of Pendleton. “We started an investigation that led to us asking her to un-volunteer.”
Bowerman told news that she agreed to be the boy’s date after he said he lacked self esteem, and a date, and admitted to problems with his English classes.