School officials respond to allegations of anti-Semitism and racism at football game in Cheshire – NBC Connecticut


School administrators are reacting after several people reported anti-Semitic and racist comments against Westport players and students during the Staples / Cheshire High School football game.

Westport school officials said they were made aware of a number of social media posts last night.

“I want to assure the community that any allegation like this is taken very seriously,” Westport Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice said in a statement.

Scarice said the school district called Westport Police and they were investigating the incident with Cheshire Police.

“This incident was brought to light by damning images and posts on social media. Given the volatility of social media, I caution all members of the community to take a measured approach to dealing with such matters. It is necessary for school authorities, and law enforcement agencies if necessary, to gather facts before taking punitive action. If we confirm acts of anti-Semitism or racial hatred, we will act with confidence. ‘There are misunderstandings, we will work together to learn from these events, ”says Scarice.

School officials said they received support from the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Connecticut regional office.

The Cheshire Schools Superintendent said the allegations were the result of a “major misunderstanding associated with the fuel of social media.”

“Our students are not guilty of the things they have been accused of,” said Superintendent Jeffrey F. Solan.

“We are all determined to cooperate, investigate and resolve this matter,” said Scarice.

Westport school officials said they would continue their investigation and provide more information on Monday.

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