FRANKLIN (CBS) — Franklin High School administrators, with the help of the Franklin Police School and civil rights officials, are investigating an incident that occurred Thursday night during the boys’ baseball game at Franklin High School.
The principal and a letter to parents in the school community says a group of Franklin fans watching senior night along the fence shouted racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments at Sharon baseball players in the outfield.
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“We condemn such behavior and are outraged,” director Joshua Hannah said in a letter to the families. “Our hearts go out to the Sharon community. There is no place for such behavior in our schools and at school events. This behavior is very inconsistent with our core values in the inclusive culture we want to create at Franklin High School.”
Some of Franklin’s seniors who were not at the game were shocked by the allegations. “I think it’s terrible, especially that this can happen in the current time,” said one student.
“Everyone is friends… It’s sad to hear that. Everyone is so helpful at the games, but if they take it a little too far, it’s a bit of a concern because everyone should be welcome at Franklin,” senior Sameen Shaik said.
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However, other students believe that bullying such as the incident during the baseball game is a more pervasive problem. “People say it’s a joke, but a lot of people don’t take it as a joke because they hear it and deal with it daily, and it’s just so disheartening to hear that literally happen. here,” said Zachary Abbi, a high school senior. “We’ve had to have a lot of assemblies on it, and it seems like nothing works and that’s the sad part.”
The Anti-Defamation League of New England helps school investigate the incident. In a statement, the ADL informed the WBZ that it was concerned about the increasing number of reports of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic incidents on sports fields.
“This points to an increasingly apparent problem of toxic culture in many locker rooms, soccer fields this week, baseball diamonds,” said Peggy Shukur, ADL New England deputy director.
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Students like Abbi hope the research has cured some liability. “I just hope people become more tolerant and educated and just take responsibility,” Abbi said.