St. John Paul II School in Hyannis said Sunday that it is suspending on-field football activities while investigating claims that players made racist remarks towards members of the Cathedral High School team during a game Saturday.
Officials of the Diocese of Fall River on behalf of St. John Paull II School called the allegations "deeply troubling" and said "appropriate steps, including any disciplinary actions, will be taken based on the findings" of their investigation.
Racism is a moral evil that has no place in our society, the statement stated. St. John Paul II School is committed to working tirelessly to ensure that this truth is respected at all times.
Boston 25 News was the first to report on the allegations.
According to a team schedule for Cathedral High School, which is located in Bostons South End, the two teams faced off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at an outdoor field in Sandwich.
Dan Carmody, the president of Cathedral High Schools football team, said in a statement that his school spokesman had reported that they were the subject of racist language while playing... oh how they worked so hard to enjoy.
We have been in direct contact with the administration team of Saint John Paul II and believe we both value basic human dignity for all people, Carmody said. We will continue to work with the Saint John Paul II leadership team and trust there will be accountability and an opportunity for restoration and growth. We are proud of our coaching staff and our players for handling the situation with class and dignity.
Officials with the Fall River Diocese and St. John Paul II School said they began an investigation after hearing of the allegations and recognizing the seriousness of such language.
These allegations are deeply troubling to the entire JPII school community and do not adequately reflect the schools values and culture, the statement said.
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