High School Basketball Players in NY Suspended for Racist Tweets

White players at Mahopac posted slurs after losing to Mount Vernon's predominantly Black team.

Posted: 03/06/2014 09:41 AM EST

Three high school basketball players in New York were suspended Wednesday for tweeting racist remarks after they lost a playoff game against a rival school on Feb. 27.

Some of the offensive posts by players from Mahopac High School included a Confederate flag and the hashtag “#mountvernonzoo,” used to describe the predominantly African-American Mount Vernon high school basketball team, following the match. 

"Some of Mahopac's team players displayed a lack of dignity and disrespect toward Mount Vernon by posting Twitter comments that cannot be condoned nor tolerated," said Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Tensions began rising at the game, where there was reportedly a scuffle in the stands and unrest between students and adults. Mahopac’s loss then brought out the sore loser in the players.

“2 4 6 8 most of them won’t graduate #mtvernon,” one student tweeted. Many others were more disgraceful. After one student posted an image of a Confederate flag, another responded, “Plz parade it thru the halls tomorrow."

Thomas Manko, Mahopac’s superintendent, said the behavior displayed by students is “unacceptable.” He continued, “Our children know better. Parents can’t watch them 24/7 and make them write what they should write.”

The Mount Vernon school district is going to take further action by reaching out to the state education commissioner and the governor’s office. More students may be suspended.  

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(Photo: Courtesy of ABC7)

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