Police and school officials are investigating allegations that “racist language” was used when a brawl broke out during a high school football match between Georgetown and Roxbury Prep over the weekend.
Georgetown school officials said in a statement there was a “physical altercation” during Friday night’s game involving players from both teams and several coaches. The cause of the fight is under investigation.
Police were called in to help disperse the crowd after the match was canceled.
Allegations of the use of racist language are also being investigated, the school district said.
“I want to make it clear that Georgetown Public Schools will not tolerate racism in any form and are working with the Georgetown Police Department to investigate this allegation,” Georgetown School officials said. “The district contacted the administration of Roxbury Prep Charter High School to try to gather the facts and resolve the issues.”
The school district said many versions of what happened in the game “revolved around social media” and asked for “calm and patience” as they continue to investigate and come to a resolution.
“I’m still numb, but this is America,” Roxbury Prep football coach Jamaal Hunt said on Facebook. “The fact that I can’t do anything to protect my boys hurts me the most. I broke down, I saw racism ruin something that was supposed to be good for them.”
He said racist slurs were used against his team, who were mocked all night.
âI felt like I was in a 1960s movie last night, but that was the reality that was happening in front of my face,â he said.
No further information was immediately available.