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Pittsford, Greece school districts investigating reports of racism at soccer games

Patrick Moussignac
Created: September 30, 2021 11:20 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two Greece Arcadia High School soccer players claim they were victims of racist taunts at two different matches.

News10NBC was told this involved the "N-word," and monkey noises during boys and girls games this week against Pittsford Mendon High School. One parent we talked to from Pittsford said this is nothing new in her community.

News10NBC did talk to the families of both students, but they chose not to speak with us while both school districts conduct their investigations. The districts also acknowledge that they're looking into the matter.

Kendra Evans, who heads up PittsFORWARD, and is also mounting a campaign for Town Supervisor agreed to talk to us.

Thursday, News10NBC received two separate complaints that Greece Arcadia Soccer players were subjected to racist acts, during a soccer match against Mendon. A grandmother told us when her granddaughter, who plays for Arcadia came off the bench Wednesday night a player from Mendon allegedly called her the "N-word." Evans is appalled.   

"If you're an athlete, and you behave this way you should be benched. You should be taken off the team. This is unacceptable behavior, and that should be made known to every athlete in every community in our county," Evans said.

The other incident happened Tuesday night during the Boy's game also with Mendon. Another grandmother told us every time her grandson, or other African-American players touched the ball, people in the stands allegedly made "monkey sounds."

Evans, who is a parent of two Sutherland High School students, and a middle school student at Calkins Road says she's not surprised parents were not made aware of this incident by the school district.

"If parents aren't notified that this is happening at the game, an away game, how are we supposed to know. We have 2 high schools in our community, we need to be told, and the people who are victims of this behavior should not feel they're going to be penalized, or fear of retribution when they speak up," Evans said.

The Pittsford Central School District released a statement saying, "The Pittsford Central School District is working collaboratively with the Greece Central School District on allegations of racist remarks alleged to have been made during recent athletic games. As with any allegation of this nature, the school district takes it very seriously, and is conducting a thorough investigation."

Greece Central Schools said, "We are aware of the allegations regarding recent athletic contests. Our primary goal is to always listen, protect and support our students and community. We have worked hard as a school district to build systems of support for all students and families and we are committed to disrupting and dismantling racism. Our athletic department is working cooperatively with Pittsford to gather information and determine the appropriate next steps."  

This is the third reported incident in recent days, after a student at Sutherland was accused of posting a video on social media that contained a racial slur, while also holding a weapon that police said was an air-soft gun.

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