A four-month investigation has revealed the extent of racial slurs used by Georgetown High School players against the predominantly black and Hispanic Roxbury Prep team during a game last fall, according to reports.
A 53-page report by a former federal prosecutor was commissioned by schools to investigate allegations of racist behavior against mostly white Georgetown players after a fight broke out between the two teams at a game on September 17, 2021.
Georgetown school officials said at the time there was a “physical altercation” during the game involving players from both teams and multiple coaches. The two districts paid a combined $150,000 for the investigation.
The report found that Roxbury Prep players or coaches were the target of at least four racial slurs from players and spectators, according to the Boston Globe. Administrators, coaches and high school officials at Georgetown High School all failed to respond to these complaints in a timely manner, according to the report.
Alleged racial slurs sparked a brawl during a high school football team between Georgetown and Roxbury.
No Georgetown coach or teacher has used racial epithets, despite claims to the contrary by a Roxbury Prep coach. And for their part, Roxbury Prep coaches have heightened tensions by angrily accusing officials and physically grabbing Georgetown players, according to the report.
Two Roxbury players used the “N” word in a hostile and inappropriate way towards white spectators in Georgetown, the newspaper reported.
Ultimately, the report concludes that Georgetown High fails to provide a safe and welcoming space for the visiting team’s black players and coaches, subjecting them to a racially hostile environment.