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Wayland High School makes changes after racist taunts

“It is inconceivable that one of our students had to endure such disrespectful behavior throughout the entire game."


A Massachusetts high school has decided to stop participating in athletic events against another school for the rest of the season after a player on the girls basketball team was subjected to racist taunts from student fans during a recent game.

The taunts were directed at a Wayland High School player in a game against Westford Academy last month, The Sun of Lowell reported Monday.

“It is inconceivable that one of our students had to endure such disrespectful behavior throughout the entire game,” Wayland Superintendent Omar Easy wrote in a memo to Westford Superintendent Christopher Chew last Thursday.

The language had a negative social and emotional impact on the school’s student-athletes, he said.

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Chew responded Friday.

“The racist, disparaging and insensitive comments made from students in our bleachers targeting one of the Wayland athletes is unacceptable,” Chew wrote. “We take full responsibility for this outrage and want to do our best to support the healing process for the student-athlete targeted by this behavior as well as supporting her teammates and peers shaken by the event.”

Westford students were temporarily banned from athletic events.

Both schools participate in the same league.

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