Parents: Pa. High School Team Taunted with Slurs

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Athletic tensions between two Pittsburgh-area high schools — one largely white, the other predominantly black — have boiled over into accusations of racism that some say is being swept under the rug.

Two students at Brentwood High School are accused of dressing in banana suits at a game and, along with other students, taunting players at Monessen High, according to Monessen parents and a school administrator.

The costumed Brentwood students were thrown out of Friday’s game after they ran past the Monessen fan section, “causing agitation and disruption,’’ Brentwood’s district superintendent, Ronald Dufalla, said in a statement Wednesday. A third student “was removed to avoid a potential problem’’ that Dufalla wouldn’t specify.

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