St. John Paul II School reportedly used racist language against Cathedral High School football team – NBC Boston
Football activities on the field have been suspended at a Catholic prep school in Hyannis, Mass., After the team allegedly used racist language towards members of the opposing team during a game this weekend in Cape Cod.
In a statement issued by the Fall River Diocese on behalf of St. John Paul II School, officials called the allegations “deeply troubling” and said they opened an investigation after the school administration learned of the alleged incident, “realizing the gravity of the use of such language.”
“Racism is a moral evil that has no place in our society,” the statement said. “St. John Paul II School is committed to working diligently to ensure that this truth is upheld at all times. “
St. John’s faced Cathedral High School – based in Boston’s South End – on a court in Sandwich around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a team schedule posted online.
The president of Cathedral High said in a statement that his school’s football team had reported that they were “subjected to racist language while playing a game they worked so hard for.”
“We have been in direct communication with the administrative team of Saint John Paul II and believe that we both hold in very high regard the value of essential human dignity for all,” said Dan Carmody. “We are proud of our coaching staff and players for handling the situation with class and dignity.”
Carmody said senior cathedral officials will continue to work with the leadership team of Saint John Paul II and “have confidence that there will be responsibility and an opportunity for restoration and growth.”
The diocesan leaders of St. John and Fall River said that “appropriate action, including disciplinary action, will be taken based on the findings” of their full investigation.