Clarence (N.Y.) Schools End Slur-Linked Suspension

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Clarence School District has lifted its suspension of a Middle School girls lacrosse team that was accused of using racial slurs in a game against Sweet Home.

"Given additional information that has surfaced as a result of a more extensive investigation, including discussions with Clarence parents and the superintendent at Sweet Home, we are immediately resuming the girls' modified lacrosse season," Clarence Superintendent Geoffrey M. Hicks said in a statement released Friday.

Clarence's reversal capped a tumultuous week in the district, which began with Monday's announcement that the team would be suspended from play for four games. The team of 23 seventh- and eighth-grade girls was told it could continue practicing but its members would have to attend a diversity awareness program.

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