WOBURN, MASS. (WHDH) — Two school districts are responding after allegedly racist remarks were made during an after-school football game between Wilmington and Woburn students.
During Wednesday’s game between the Woburn and Wilmington middle schoolers, fans said racial slurs were thrown around during the game.
“I was at the game with some of my friends and Wilmington was saying racially motivated things about my friends from Woburn,” said 8th grade student D’Jhamar Neptun.
With their parents’ permission, some students who were at the game spoke to 7NEWS and said it was members of the Wilmington team who performed the taunt.
“They were so angry that they were losing, so they wanted to get in their heads by saying racially motivated things to some of my friends,” Neptune said.
“It’s such a sinking feeling to see some of my friends being told these things,” said Jayden Gean, a 7th grade student from Woburn.
The game was apparently part of a football program run by an independent youth organization rather than public schools.
However, with students getting involved, the superintendent of Wilmington Public Schools brought the incident to the attention of families, stating that “… such allegations will be taken seriously and investigated by those involved.”
“We are a school community committed to the core values of inclusion and respect for all,” Superintendent Glenn Brand said in the statement.
Woburn’s own superintendent also reached out to families, saying in part, “There is no justifiable circumstance in which a child must endure racism in the course of their participation in a community activity.”
“The school staff and I will continue to promptly and proactively address any threats to the safety and well-being of our students and ask that you join in this effort by speaking to your children about the seriousness of these allegations.”
The two school districts have also been in touch with each other and offered assistance to Wednesday’s alleged victims.
With football season just beginning, students said they hoped this would be the last time something like this happened.
“I think that’s just not acceptable because we should all just love each other,” Gean said. “It’s not something that should be normal for us.”
7NEWS is currently working to confirm the name of the independent league that made the game possible.
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