Just a station: Alleged racial remarks at college football game spark response in Woburn, Wilmington - Boston News, Weather, Sports

Just a station: Alleged racial remarks at college football game spark response in Woburn, Wilmington – Boston News, Weather, Sports

WOBURN, MASS. (WHDH) – Two school districts are responding after racial slurs were allegedly made during a non-school football game between Wilmington and Woburn students.

During the match between the Woburn and Wilmington middle schoolers on Wednesday, fans said racial slurs were hurled during the game.

“I was at the game with some of my friends, and Wilmington was saying racist stuff about my friends from Woburn,” said eighth grader D’Jhamar Neptune.

With their parents’ permission, some students who were at the game spoke to 7NEWS, saying it was the Wilmington team members who did the taunts.

“They were like, mad about losing, so they wanted to love, get in their heads saying racially motivated things to some of my friends,” Neptune said.

“It’s kind of a heartbreaking feeling to see some of my friends being told these things,” said Jayden Gean, a seventh grader at Woburn.

The match was apparently part of a football program run by an independent youth organization and not by state schools.

However, since the students participated, the Wilmington Public Schools Superintendent alerted the families to the incident, stating that “…such allegations are taken seriously and are being investigated by those involved.”

“We are a school community committed to the core values ​​of inclusiveness and respect for all,” Superintendent Glenn Brand said in the statement.

Woburn’s own superintendent has also reached out to the families, saying in part “there are no justifiable circumstances in which a child should experience racism in the course of participating in a community activity.”

“School staff and I will continue to respond quickly and proactively to any threats to the safety and well-being of our students and ask that you join us in this effort by speaking with your children about the seriousness of these allegations.”

The two school districts also communicated with each other, with support being offered for Wednesday’s alleged victims.

With the football season just kicking off, the students said they hoped this was the last time something like this happened.

“I feel like that’s just not acceptable, because we should all love each other,” Gean said. “It’s not something that, like, should be normal for us.”

7NEWS is currently working to confirm the name of the independent league that facilitated the game.

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