A South Carolina college is investigating its own students after a reported incident during which they are accused of yelling racist remarks at Howard University’s women’s lacrosse team during a match.
In a statement, Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, S.C., said that an hour before its faceoff against the HBCU, a group of students outside of the stadium yelled racist remarks toward players and coaches.
According to The Hill, Presbyterian said its administration has begun gathering facts and reaching out to those directly impacted. They also say those found responsible will face consequences.
“First, let us be clear: No visitor to our campus should be subject to that kind of treatment, and this type of behavior is completely unacceptable. It is in no way aligned with the expectations and values of the college. We apologize to the Howard University women’s lacrosse coach and her players, and we deeply regret the experience they had on our campus,” the school said in a statement. “We must hold ourselves accountable and do better as a community to ensure all visitors to our campus are treated with dignity and respect.”
USA Lacrosse board member Brian Silcott posted on Twitter that his wife, Karen Healy-Silcott, who coaches Howard’s women’s lacrosse team, encountered racial slurs coming from a group of white male students at the game.
Healy-Silcott told sports website Inside Lacrosse that the individuals said things like “you’re not welcome here,” and spoke “about their guns, and their scopes, and their gauges.” She described it as the worst experience I’ve ever had with this type of thing at any game in my entire career.”
A Howard University spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post that the school is conducting interviews about the incident.
“I am deeply troubled that some of our student-athletes were subjected to slurs and abusive language before the women’s lacrosse match on Friday vs. Presbyterian College. Howard does not condone such disgraceful behavior in any form, and the use of harmful language such as this runs counter to the values of this institution, which celebrates respect, diversity, and inclusion on its campus,” said HU athletic director Kery Davis. “We appreciate Presbyterian College’s initial response, and demand a thorough investigation be launched. We condemn this deplorable behavior, and will continually support, defend, and protect our Bison.”
Despite Presbyterian’s apology, Silcott remains frustrated at them, holding the school responsible in a subsequent tweet: