BURNT HILLS, N.Y. - The principal at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School says he believes six to 12 students were involved in chanting inappropriate comments at the Saturday football game against Amsterdam High School.
Most of the homecoming football game went smoothly, however toward the end of the game officials say a group of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake students in the stands turned rowdy making inappropriate comments in reference to Amsterdam's large Hispanic population.
The coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake then took immediate action, threatening to forfeit the game unless the comments stopped.
School officials posted on their school website that an apology letter was sent to students and staff at Amsterdam after some of their students "betrayed the code of sportsmanship" by chanting derogatory slurs during the October 12th game. A second letter was sent to Amsterdam High School signed by more than 900 students, teachers and staff also apologizing for the behavior.
The Burnt Hills principal, district superintendent and students came together Tuesday to express their concern. They called it embarrassing and pledged to fully investigate.
"I'm disappointed in the behavior of very few number of students and I'm embarrassed by their behavior and it's something we're taking very seriously," Principal Tim Brunson said.
The school says that disciplinary consequences will be applied, though did not specify what actions would be taken or who was involved. School administrators say at least two people have come forward, so far.
School administrators and the president of the student body at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake are scheduled to further address how they are handling the situation on Tuesday.
"Amsterdam and BH-BL football teams have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry on the field," the statement says. "Our student athletes have received many formal and informal compliments for their behavior on the field. Yet, we regret to say some of our student fans betrayed the code of sportsmanship and Spartan pride that is so important to our BH-BL community."
The statement continues saying, "Our high school administration will be addressing the recent situation with the entire student body and will use this as an opportunity to increase our efforts in teaching students the importance of diversity and citizenship. Parents, we ask that you join in our efforts by talking to your children about good sportsmanship and the importance of respect for others."
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