Update: Fargo South High coach let go for ‘inappropriate communications’ with students

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Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 9:33 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 4:43 PM CST
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Fargo South High School football and basketball coach was fired by the district.

A spokesperson for the district says on Monday, Jan. 24, Fabrice Nolen was let go for ‘inappropriate communications with students via social media platforms’.

Valley News Live received a Whistleblower tip saying Nolen sent inappropriate messages to a girl at the school.

The investigative team at Valley News Live filed an open records request concerning Nolen’s employment. We discovered that in a letter to Nolen -- dated 1/25-- principal Todd Bersch writes that Nolen had a personal exchange on snapchat that the school considers “inappropriate, disturbing and unprofessional”, adding Nolen was told two previous times this year not to communicate with students for personal reasons on social media and to maintain professional boundaries.

The district says it conducted a background check on Nolen before he was hired, but that background check is private information.

Nolen has now been fired from both his roles as an assistant football coach and 9th grade boys basketball coach.

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