Manchester, Conn. – The president of a Connecticut high school apologized Tuesday after cheerleaders at another school reported being subjected to racist taunts after a football game there.
Sean Brennan, President Eastern Catholic High School, said an investigation has not been able to determine who was involved in the September 24 incident, after his school play Montville High School. But, he added that the school “has no tolerance for derisive and abusive words or behavior directed at our own students or students of other schools.”
“I am deeply sorry that this happened, and I promise you that we can and will do better,” he wrote in an open letter to the Montville High School community.
A 16-year-old black cheerleader from Montville reported that two East Catholic football players used racial adjectives to tell her to go home after East Catholic won the game. Another cheerleader said that she too was subjected to racial slurs and was thrown water at her by the cheerleaders.
Brennan previously issued a statement saying that the school took the report seriously, but did not believe that “anything inappropriate was said.”
There have been daily protests outside East Catholic since the talks were reported, and the leaders of the two schools met on 29 September to discuss it with the authorities. Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which oversees high school sports in the state.
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The CIAC said that both the schools would send student representatives to the upcoming training session on sportsmanship.
Montville High School officials also issued a letter on Tuesday acknowledging East Catholic’s apology.
“We look forward to bringing together student leaders from both our schools so that we can all learn from this incident,” the officials wrote.