Catholic high school football team under investigation for alleged use of racial slurs

An investigation into the matter is ongoing, and football is on hold at St. John Paul II School on the Cape.


A Catholic high school football team on Cape Cod allegedly used racial slurs against another team during a game this past weekend, according to officials.

Now, an investigation is ongoing, and football has been halted at St. John Paul II School in Hyannis while it continues, a statement from the Diocese of Fall River said.

The incident allegedly happened during a game on Saturday, according to the statement. Players from Cathedral High School, which is located in Boston’s South End, said that “one or more” players from St. John Paul II used racial epithets against them.

“These allegations are deeply troubling to the entire JPII school community and do not reflect the school’s values and culture,” the statement said.


“Racism is a moral evil that has no place in our society. St. John Paul II School is committed to working diligently to ensure that this truth is upheld at all times.”

This is just the latest incident involving alleged racist incidents at high school football games across the state.

During the Sept. 17 football game between Georgetown and Roxbury Prep, play was ceased when an altercation broke out. Coaches from Roxbury said the opposing team and nearby spectators repeatedly used racial slurs against their players. Georgetown’s superintendent ordered an investigation there which is still ongoing.

In Duxbury, players were allegedly using anti-Semitic language while calling plays during games in the spring.

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