Two Area High Schools Probe Allegations Of Racial Slurs In Football Game

By Scott Sarvay
By Bob Johnston
By Jeff Neumeyer

August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Making sure football and racism don't mix.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association says it will receive reports from North Side and Huntington North High Schools, regarding allegations that North Side football players were subjected to racist comments at a game this past Friday night.

Jeff Neumeyer: " Kreigbaum Field is the home of the Huntington North Vikings.

The home team made a furious second half rally Friday night, but lost by a touchdown to Northside in the first regular season football game between the two schools.

It was eventful for another reason.

Afterwards, North Side assistant coach Derrick Moore posted a lengthy message on a website called the The Gridiron Digest, charging that Huntington North had treated his team to a pattern of dirty play; and that Huntington North players used off-color slurs during the contest.

Moore wrote that one Huntington North player referred to himself as a "racist bigot lover," and that a Northside backup quarterback was called a "porch monkey."

The superintendent of Huntington Schools said his athletic director immediately interviewed his coach, players, game officials and other witnesses to try and substantiate any wrong behaviors.

Superintendent Tracey Shafer/Huntington County Comm. Schools: " When those types of allegations are made, we're going to take those very seriously and we're going to look into the matter in detail, and indeed, we have. Again, we want to investigate this to the furthest extent that we can, and those efforts thus far have just turned up empty, in terms of validating the allegations that were made."

Neumeyer: " Shafer says the team is taught diversity training before each season, a message that was reinforced to the team on Monday, in place of regularly scheduled practice.

Fort Wayne Community Schools released a statement Tuesday evening saying FWCS superintendent, Wendy Robinson, Ed.D., talked to Shafter about the allegations.

"The superintendents agreed that this should be used as a teaching opportunity," the statement said. "FWCS and Huntington will have follow-up conversations to discuss how best to accomplish that."

The teams could meet again this season in a 5A sectional game. Additionally, the teams are set to play again next season at North Side, as part of a two-year contract. Shafer says Huntington has every intention of honoring its commitment.

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