USA - Antisemitism, racism at Cheshire football game

Dave Phillips / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Westport, CT
- School administrators are responding after several people reported antisemitic and racist comments directed towards Westport players and students during the Staples/Cheshire High School football game.

Westport school officials said they were made aware of a number of social media posts last night.

"I want to assure the community that any allegations such as these are taken with the utmost seriousness," Westport Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice said in a statement.

Scarice said the school district has called Westport police and they're investigating the incident with Cheshire police.

"This incident was brought to light by some damning images and posts on social media. Given the volatility of social media, I caution all members of the community to take a measured approach in addressing matters such as these. It is necessary for the school administrations, and police departments when necessary, to gather facts before taking punitive action. If we confirm acts of antisemitism or race-based hate, we will assertively act. If there are misunderstandings, we will work together to learn from these events," Scarice said.

School officials said they've received support from the Director of the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League.

The superintendent of Cheshire schools said the allegations are the result of a "significant misunderstanding coupled with the fuel of social media."

"Our students are not guilty of the things for which they were accused," said Superintendent Jeffrey F. Solan.

"We are all committed to cooperating, investigating, and addressing this matter," said Scarice.

Westport school officials said they'll continue its investigation and provide more information on Monday.