Hudson Valley School Investigates Alleged Homophobic Incident
School officials in the Hudson Valley are investigating a report a varsity athlete shouted a homophobic slur to an openly bisexual student from a rival school.
It is alleged inflammatory and derogatory name-calling related to an opposing player’s sexuality was used during a recent Marlboro game. The alleged incident happened during a baseball game last week between Marlboro and Rondout Valley.
A pitcher for Rondout Valley, who's openly bisexual, claims at least one player from Marlboro harassed him about his sexual orientation during the game, according to the Hudson Valley Sports Report.
"Hate of any kind is unacceptable, immoral and goes against all that we as a District believe, live and teach. We have been made aware of a serious allegation made against an individual on our Varsity Baseball team," Marlboro Superintendent Michael M. Brooks said in a statement. "We have already begun an internal DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) investigation into the alleged incident. If the investigation warrants, there will be immediate and appropriate consequences."
Marlboro's Athletic Director has reached out to the opposing team’s coaching staff and players and is in the process of setting up a meeting to discuss the alleged incident, officials say.
"We are very disturbed that this type of language and behavior still exists in today’s society. As a society, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard and be better than expressing hate. Marlboro denounces hate, supports diversity and loves its children. We expect our community, our staff and our students to do the same," Brooks said.
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