POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — Former Pine Tree ISD Athletic Director Derek Fitzhenry admits he’s made mistakes, but says he’s been lied to, lied about and “crucified” for events that were misconstrued.
After weeks of silence, Fitzhenry sat down this week to speak publicly for the first time about events that led to his resignation Oct. 18 from Pine Tree ISD, where he spent the past two and a half years as athletic director and head football coach.
“My intent in doing this is to tell the truth. It is not vengeful. I just want to get the facts out there. ... They tried to crucify me for this whole felony deal but when you look at all of the facts, my heart was in the right place,” he said. “I am a Christian man and I was trying to do what was best and what was fair.”
Fitzhenry blamed an atmosphere of secrecy created by the district, with officials failing to confirm fact or deny fiction, for the three-month saga that led to his departure. And he said what district officials told him in private failed to match what they later said in public.
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