School penalized for students’ taunts at volleyball match

October 12, 2019 GMT

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island high school has been put on probation for one year in connection with alleged racial taunts by fans at a school volleyball team match.

The governing body for high school sports in the state handed down the punishment to Burrillville High School on Friday. Students also will not be allowed to attend the next girls’ volleyball game on Wednesday.

The high school drew criticism after some of its students allegedly directed taunts at Central Falls High’s team during a Sept. 24 game. Central Falls’ team has several students of color.

The principals’ committee of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and school officials in both towns determined that Burrillville students created an intimidating, distracting, unsportsmanlike and culturally insensitive environment at the game.