School officials, students outraged at photo of T-shirt with racist slur

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LYNDHURST, Ohio -- A social media website post almost canceled a high school football game Friday night between the Brush High School Arcs and Mayfield Wildcats.

The Snapchat picture showed several people standing around a backyard fire pit preparing to burn a Brush T-shirt.

But it’s the threatening caption and racist slur on the shirt that really got people upset. It used a version of the N-word and read “Burn the (blank).”

Brush students and faculty were outraged, and the administrators from both districts considered cancelling the game, which was Brush High's Homecoming.

“I think there were a lot of hurt feelings,” said South Euclid-Lyndhurst Superintendent Linda Reid.

She and Mayfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Kelly urgently met and discussed a plan for the evening.

They added extra security at the stadium, and extra police patrols were out in the neighborhood around the school.

The also announced that the incident is under investigation by both Mayfield police and the Mayfield School District.

And on the field, they presented a positive and unified front.

Kelly said many people in Mayfield were upset by the post.

“Appalled, mortified, disgusted, because it really doesn’t represent who we are as a community or who we are as a school district,” said Kelly. “And I just want to apologize to this community.”

Both superintendents went out on the field with their teams, and players shook hands and exchanged good luck wishes before kick-off.

They both also pledged to bring students together to encourage a greater understanding of diversity and respect, while emphasizing the damage caused by bullying and racism.