A Westchester County, New York 10th-grader was suspended after administrators say he directed the N-word at four girls from another school’s track team. The student was also removed from Somers High School’s boys junior varsity lacrosse team, The Journal News reported Saturday.
This incident marks the second time students from the mostly white suburb were involved in a race-related incident.
Last February, three Mahopac students were suspended for allegedly posting racial tweets following a basketball game against rival Mount Vernon.
The newspaper reports the Somers incident happened May 2 as New Rochelle athletes walked past the lacrosse team’s bus.
The Somers junior varsity lacrosse coach and the bus driver heard the racial slur, and immediately asked the girls what they heard, according to Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Crowley.
“They were pulling along the high school sidewalk, and our school was hosting a large track meet invitational from another school,” Crowley said. “The girls were walking by, and one of the kids used the n-word.”
The girls had heard some “boisterous noise” but not the word in question, he said.
In the locker room, where the coach asked the team about it, the student who used the slur apologized to the coach and the team. The student also served a five-day suspension and is undergoing counseling.
An administrator called it a “momentary lapse in judgment.”