A weird angle on reporting about a 2018 alert to North Kingstown’s superintendent about Coach Thomas.
Something about the account that Eli Sherman describes for WPRI of North Kingstown Superintendent Philip Auger being informed in 2018 about the naked fat tests allegedly conducted by basketball coach Aaron Thomas is odd and made odder by an edit to the story. Here’s a paragraph from the story, about a student who contacted Auger about Thomas’s activity:
The former student told Target 12 that Auger got back to him shortly after their initial discussion in 2018. The former student said Auger told him he took the allegations seriously and wanted him to come in to meet with school officials to talk about what happened. The former student said he felt uncomfortable at the time talking with others about something that was so sensitive and personal.
But here’s how Sherman initially wrote this paragraph:
The former student told Target 12 that Auger got back to him shortly after their discussion in 2018, saying he took the allegations seriously but that the school needed more people to come forward to corroborate his experience. The former student said at the time he felt uncomfortable asking others to speak up about something that was so sensitive and personal.
Why the change? The rest of the story makes a lot more sense with the second version (although it puts Auger in a worse light, with potential legal consequences).