CANTON, Ga. (CBS46) – Members of the Brookwood Women Lacrosse workforce stated followers yelled racial slurs at them throughout a sport on Wednesday at Cherokee Excessive College.
“The heckling turned extra aggressive, extra direct, extra racially motivated,” stated Aja Thomas, goaltender for the Brookwood lady’s lacrosse workforce.
Thomas stated a bunch of seven or eight boys had been yelling at her the complete sport.
Ten minutes into the second quarter, she stated heard the primary n-word yelled at her. Then one other.
“After which it was stated once more and that confirmed every thing. And that’s after I notified the refs,” stated Thomas, in an interview Thursday with CBS46 Information.
Brookwood Excessive College was enjoying Cherokee Excessive College in Canton within the first spherical of the GHSA Class 6A-7A Women State Lacrosse Championship.
4 gamers of the Brookwood workforce spoke with CBS46 Information on Thursday, a day after the playoff sport.
“In that second, it elevated to one thing means deeper than simply lacrosse,” stated Leah Brown.
The ladies stated one ref has already warned the group of boys for potential violations of the sportsmanship settlement.
A part of the GHSA Sportsmanship Settlement reads:
“Profanity, degrading remarks, and intimidating actions directed at officers, opponents, or different spectators is not going to be tolerated, and are grounds for elimination from the occasion web site.”
The ladies stated one ref directed the boys to go away the occasion.
“They began to exit the stadium,” stated Alexis Scoggins.
Scoggins stated the group inevitably stayed.
“As a black athlete that performed in that sport, to me that simply appears like they received in that scenario for not being kicked out in that sport, in that second,” stated Dami Kasumu, a Brookwood lacrosse participant.
The principal of Cherokee Excessive College stated they investigated the allegations, in an announcement on Fb.
“The administration at CHS spent a number of hours interviewing coaches, gamers, different spectators and college students who have been current on the sport and none heard any racial slurs,” wrote Rodney Larrotta, principal at CHS.
CBS46 Information reached out to the varsity district, however a spokesperson stated they stand by the principal’s assertion.
“If any proof that confirms such allegations is discovered, we’ll tackle it appropriately. At CHS, we is not going to tolerate the usage of racial slurs by anybody on our campus,” wrote Larrotta.
CBS46 Information reached out to the GHSA, however didn’t get a response.
The Brookwood gamers stated they want an apology from Cherokee Excessive College.
Additionally they stated not feeling heard solely impedes progress in breaking right into a predominantly-white sport.
“The truth that I can’t play a highschool sport with out these fixed reminders that I’m totally different, following me – I felt actually distraught,” stated Thomas.
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