A private high school in Westwood, Massachusetts, says it is investigating allegations of harassment during a football game.
Officials at Xaverian Brothers High School received a disturbing report from Brockton High School after last Friday’s game at Westwood. Brockton school officials say their marching band and halftime performers suffered verbal harassment including racist and homophobic slurs.
They called on state sports officials to investigate.
No one in the schools would go in front of the camera.
“We spent time on Monday discussing the incident with affected students,” Brockton Public Schools said in a written statement. “Hate has no focus in our schools or at school events. We will be monitoring the investigation closely to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
“These allegations concern us deeply because this type of behavior is contrary to our values, our mission and everything we seek as a Xaverian school community,” Xaverian Brothers school officials said in a statement.
The people NBC10 Boston spoke with were more disappointed than shocked.
“I think these are learned behaviors, maybe at home, and parents need to lead by example first,” said Joe Mitchell of Norwood.
A former teacher didn’t want NBC10 Boston to use her name, but said she had seen it before where she taught.
“There were issues of racism at different levels, and it’s just very upsetting,” she said. “Students shouldn’t have to go through this. “
John O’Shea of Westwood said social media plays a role in amplifying hate messages.
“People who have this opinion, which I strongly disagree with, also want their voices to be heard,” O’Shea said. “It’s just that ignorance is rampant, I think.”