The president of a Connecticut high school apologized on Tuesday after cheerleaders at another school reported being subjected to racist taunts after a football game there.
East Catholic High School president Sean Brennan said an investigation was unable to determine who was involved in the September 24 incident following his school’s game with Montville High School. But, he said, the school has “no tolerance for mocking and mean words or behavior towards our own students or students in other schools.”
“I am deeply sorry that this has happened, and I promise you that we can and will do better,” he wrote in an open letter to the Montville high school community.
A 16-year-old black cheerleader from Montville reported that two Eastern Catholic soccer players used a racial epithet to tell her to come home after the Eastern Catholics won the game. Another cheerleader said she was also the victim of racist slurs and the cheerleaders got water thrown at them.
Brennan previously issued a statement saying the school took the reports seriously but didn’t believe “anything inappropriate was said.”
There have been daily protests outside of East Catholic since the interaction was first reported and leaders from both schools met on September 29 to discuss the matter with officials from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which oversees the high school sports in the state.
The CIAC said the two schools will send student representatives to an upcoming sportsmanship training session.
Montville high school officials also released a letter on Tuesday accepting the apology from East Catholic.
“We look forward to bringing together student leaders from our two schools to make sure we all learn from this incident,” officials wrote.