Racist and homophobic language allegedly directed at Brockton students during football game against Xaverian Brothers High School

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“I expect those responsible for this heinous display of hatred to be held accountable for their actions.”

Xaverian Brothers High School. Joanne Rathe / Boston Globe

Another alleged incident involving the use of hate language at a football game is currently being investigated at a private Westwood high school.

During halftime last Friday in a game against Xaverian Brothers High School, the Brockton High School marching band and halftime performers were “subjected to racist and homophobic remarks as well as sexual harassment “, according to a letter to the community of Brockton High School of the principal Cynthia Burns.

“I am closely monitoring the investigation by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and the administrators of Xaverian Brothers High School,” she wrote. “I expect those responsible for this heinous display of hatred to be held accountable for their actions.”

Burns apologized to those affected and thanked them for bringing up what happened.

“It’s important to me that every student who reads this understands something,” Burns said. “When another person sends hate to you, when they talk to you, or when they weaponize what they perceive to be a difference between you and them, it says everything about their character and nothing about yours.”

Xaverian Brothers officials say they have been in contact with those at Brockton High School, according to a post obtained by WCVB. They called the allegations “troubling” and contrary to school values.

“Xaverian is committed to fostering a welcoming community where the dignity and worth of each individual is respected and celebrated,” the post reads, according to the news station. “If you have any information to share regarding the incidents of the Xaverian game against Brockton, we ask that you contact the Office of Student Life. We will continue to keep you informed as appropriate.

Other high schools also continue to face hate language at their football games.

A investigation is ongoing by an impartial outside investigator in Georgetown into allegations of racist language used during a game against Roxbury Prep High School, according to The Boston Globe.

An altercation broke out and the match ended in the second half, the World reported.

“It is of crucial importance that the facts of what happened come to light, and we are confident that the lawyer [Giselle J.] Joffre and his team will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation,” according to a statement released by the two schools, the newspaper reported.

Other recent incidents include the suspension of football at the Southeast Regional Technical High School due to “unprincipled behavior”.

A coach has been fired in Newton after allegedly using a racial slur. A Catholic high school in Cape Cod allegedly used racial slurs against another team.

Moreover, last spring, the Duxbury team allegedly used anti-Semitic play calls.

Outside of football, a recent report highlighted how Danvers officials allegedly covered up incidents of sexual and racist hazing within the hockey team.

Note: This story has been updated to include response from Xaverian Brothers High School.

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