CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - An Ardrey Kell High School basketball player has been 'suspended indefinitely' from athletic participation for using a racial slur online before Tuesday's game against West Charlotte High School, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Officials said the student used a racial slur Monday, March 4 in a social media post related to the upcoming NCHSAA regional semifinal basketball game between West Charlotte and Ardrey Kell.
"Champions rise to inspire greatness by doing their best, not by bringing others down," CMS said in a statement released on Tuesday. "Racist behavior and actions are repugnant to educational ideals, contrary to CMS and community values, and will not be tolerated within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools."
Brett Baldeck is speaking with parents and students. Their reaction tonight on FOX 46 News at 5 p.m.
FOX 46 Charlotte is not releasing the name of the student because they are not facing criminal charges.
CMS said it continues to investigate the incident and further disciplinary actions may be taken according to the CMS Student Code of Conduct.
"The district asks students, families and the community to give the student athletes of West Charlotte High School and Ardrey Kell High School the support and respect they have earned and deserve as they compete for the NCHSAA regional semifinal title tonight," CMS said.
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The student's family released the following statement to FOX 46:
“Sadly, we were made aware [Monday] afternoon that our son sent a private snap that was screen shot and shared. The content was highly offensive to West Charlotte High School, our community at large and our friends, family, and his own teammates. To the many people that rightfully are hurt by his words today, we are incredibly sorry and offer our sincere apologies."
“As a family, we are devastated and so is [our son]. While we stand by our son, and love him deeply, we do recognize the wrong and hurt caused by careless words. We do not believe his words represent who he is as a person, his overall character and heart towards others. Being part of a diverse community is significant to our values as a family, but it is clear today, that there are more conversations to be had as today’s words don’t reflect the tone of our home nor true heart of our son. [Our son] is ashamed and deeply sorrowful for his word choice. He has met with his teammates, coaches, and principal and personally apologized. And for the many who [our son] will never get to speak to regarding today, he is sorry."
“There is no excuse for words like this. [Our son] is firmly aware of that and holds himself accountable for his careless action. We as a family stand by his suspension, and believe firmly that [our son], our family, and prayerfully, our entire community will grow from this.”