Pittsford and Brighton superintendents speak out about incident at boys high school basketball game

Created: 01/27/2014 6:11 PM WHEC.com

An incident at a boys high school basketball game between Brighton and Pittsford Sutherland last week has the superintendents of both school districts working together to make sure it doesn't happen again.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, News10NBC learned that while a Brighton player of Indian decent was at the foul line, a group of Sutherland students began a racial chant. That chant was stopped immediately by a faculty member at Sutherland and the leader of the Sutherland fan group was removed from the gym. 

The superintendents spoke Monday about the incident. 

Mike Pero, Pittsford Superintendent, said, "We're in the process of trying to find a way where Brighton and Pittsford could work together for a lot of different reasons, one I do want this boy to feel comfortable knowing that what was shared in no way shape or form is in no way indicative of how Pittsford students, athletes or community members feel."

Kevin McGowan, Brighton Superintendent, said, "I would just say an outstanding young man and somebody who's reflective of the type of student that we hope walks our halls and graduates from our school."

The Pittsford superintendent did say the student who began the chant is facing disciplinary action. He also said that student sent an apology by email to the Brighton student over the weekend. 



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