SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Hillcrest High School football families are getting a closure from the Canyons School District over an investigation into racial epithets directed at coaches, players and parents at a football game in September at Mountain View High School.
Amber Hanson says her son, a Hillcrest football player, was injured earlier in the football season. And while she was injured on her way back to the locker room after the football game, she says he experienced something horrible.
“What he experienced was that while crossing that football field crossing the track at the end of the game, they were thrown drinks, yelled racial slurs at them and spat at them” , says Hanson.
She says the taunts started earlier in the game and the Hillcrest coaches decided not to allow the teams to shake hands.
“As parents, we felt it was the right decision to make, and it’s unfortunate that the Mountain View viewers took it to a level that didn’t need to be taken,” adds- she.
As far as the parents can tell, the issues involve a former Mountain View High School coach and quarterback.
“No matter a coach playing on the Hillcrest team and the quarterback coming from Mountain View, the incident should never have happened,” she said. “Even though they are upset about it, the incident should never have happened.”
Football father Percy Pearson first told the story to ABC4 in September.
“The N-word applies to who, black people,” he says. “How can Mountain View conduct its own investigation when the incident happened on its campus?”
Hanson adds, “This is the third incident that I know ABC4 News has reported on, and it continues to be covered up again and again and again.”
Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt speaks to parents about the Canyon School District investigation saying:
“These statements confirm that during the game, our players, coaches and parents were subjected to racial slurs, as well as other inappropriate words and actions by fans, students, parents and/or MVHS players. We condemn firmly the offensive and inappropriate conduct manifested through racial slurs and inappropriate language towards our players, parents and coaches.”
He goes on to say “We are disappointed with the outcome of Mountain View’s investigation and hope they will work to foster an environment of caring and respect for all players and fans.”
The parents say they are now considering civil suits to get more information from the Alpine School District.
“It is in this direction that we will have to proceed. Children have been assaulted and dehumanized at a sporting event,” says Pearson.
Hanson adds: “We want to see some action. We want to see why Mountain View continues with this type of behavior. »
A spokesperson for the Alpine School District told ABC4 the district is still investigating the matter.
Canyons School District officials said they will continue to offer guidance to those affected by the game.