At least one Enosburg Falls high school student disciplined after using racial slurs during basketball game | News

ENOSBURG FALLS — One or more students at Enosburg Falls High School were disciplined this week after an internal investigation found they used inappropriate language during a Feb. 8 basketball game.

The results of the survey have been shared a February 15 letter to the school community of assistant director Timothy Trevithick. Principal Joseph Donarum was placed on paid leave last week after repeating the offensive language over the school intercom.

The student or students involved have been appropriately disciplined, Trevithick said, and will also be asked to “commit to learning this behavior and making amends.”

Allegations of racial slurs disrupted the JV women’s basketball game between the Enosburg Hornets and the Middlebury Tigers on February 8.

At the time, Enosburg athletic director Anthony Sorrentino gutted the student section after hearing racial slurs from students. Such removal is in accordance with guidelines published by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

The internal investigation also revealed that inappropriate statements had been made by a member of the community. Students who were interviewed as part of the investigation said the individual had made inappropriate statements at other times.

“Our school staff will contact this community member to ensure that safety and hospitality standards for our school and school events are met,” Trevithick said.

This is the second time in six months that Enosburg Falls High School has faced allegations of racial slurs. During a football game on Sept. 18, college players and fans allegedly shouted “racist and dehumanizing comments” at Winooski players, VPA manager Jay Nichols said. Messenger back in September.

Ultimately, the investigation into the Enosburg-Winooski football game incident found no evidence of wrongdoing. Administrators conducted interviews with Enosburg students, parents, coaches and the designated referee. Winooski’s players, however, did not participate in the investigation.

In Tuesday’s letter, Trevithick said he met separately with a group of community members and a group of students to discuss the best way forward.

“We talked about how to learn together, how to hold each other accountable, and remembered that we are a community responsible to each other,” he said.

Trevithick concluded the letter with a call to action, asking “if you hear or see anything, please say something to disrupt evil.” Secondary school attached a resource from tolerance.org which explains how to do it.

Martha K. Merrill