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District won't discipline girls over insults in lacrosse game

Sweet Home Central School District officials will not discipline players on the Middle School girls lacrosse team accused of hurling insults at their opponents from Clarence in an April 26 game.

The district interviewed the lacrosse players last week, after Clarence parents alleged that the Sweet Home players had called players on the Clarence team "white trash" and "white bimbos."

"At this time, I do not believe that the conduct of our students warrants disciplinary action against any individual team members or the Sweet Home team as a whole," Sweet Home Superintendent Anthony J. Day said in a statement.

Day went on to say that the district plans to "reteach and reinforce" the values such as sportsmanship and teamwork to members of the Middle School lacrosse team in discussions that will be held through the rest of the season.

The allegations against the Sweet Home players came out days after several black and biracial players on that team accused Clarence players of using the N-word against them during the game at Sweet Home Middle School.

The Clarence district initially responded to the allegations against its players by suspending the team for four games and requiring the players to go through awareness training.

However, after Clarence parents complained that the district acted rashly, and without supporting evidence, Clarence Superintendent Geoffrey M. Hicks on Friday lifted the team's suspension.

Sweet Home interviewed the 31 girls on the lacrosse team, along with the team's coach and parents, about the allegations against both teams of the use of inappropriate language.

Day met with team parents Friday to review the findings of the district investigation.

Sweet Home officials did not return phone calls from The Buffalo News on Friday but released a statement by email late that evening.