Racial Slur Chanted at Basketball Game Probed

Racial Slur Chanted at Basketball Game Probed

Happened at Pittsford Sutherland-Brighton game last week.
Video is circulating of an incident during a basketball game between Brighton and Pittsford Sutherland high schools Friday night.

A Brighton student who appears to be of Indian descent is standing at the free-throw line and the crowd chanted, "We want Slurpees." The reference is toward a stereotype of Indian-Americans owning 7-Eleven stores.

The superintendents of Brighton and Pittsford released a joint statement Monday:

"We were very disappointed to learn of this incident. We have been working with our colleagues in both districts throughout the weekend to address intolerant and unacceptable fan behavior. That work continues today. The students involved took full responsibility for their behavior, and attempts are being made to right this wrong between the students and to address the long- term learning that can arise from the disappointing behaviors of a few.

Kevin McGowan , Ed.D., Superintendent , Brighton Central Schools

Mike Pero, Superintendent, Pittsford Schools"

The student who led the chant in Pittsford's  school sanctioned "Super Fan" fan club was immediately removed from the game.  More disciplinary actions may be leveled against members of the "Super Fan" Chorus.  

"I do want this boy to feel comfortable knowing that what was shared, in no way, shape, or form is indicative of how Pittsford students , or athletes, or community members feel.  That we appreciate diversity  We appreciate all people.  And we want all people to feel welcome anytime they step foot in any of our buildings," said Pero.

The player who was at the free throw line and the subject of the taunt declined to comment.
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