Ardrey Kell suspends basketball player before West Charlotte game for using racial slur

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: