New York High School Officials Investigating Allegations of Racist Taunts Directed at Black Basketball Players from Rival School During Game

There are allegations of racist taunts at a basketball game at Pearl River High School in Rockland County.

Administrators say players for Nyack were taunted during Wednesday’s game.

A sign in Pearl River calls it “The Town of Friendly People,” but Wednesday at Pearl River High School, the welcome was not warm for visiting Nyack.

The Pearl River superintendent says some of his students made “monkey noises” while Black players for Nyack took free throws. It happened at least three times — an attempt to rattle the opposition with sounds that are widely regarded as racist.

“It’s tough because when you hear those sounds, you know the purpose of those sounds, you know it’s meant– it’s not meant to be nice,” Nyack varsity basketball coach Ethan Smith said.

“I was in the game, I was focused, but obviously, I hear things coming to my ears ’cause, I heard the background noise. I was very surprised by it. I was very shocked,” Nyack player Kameron Kukielczak said.

“It was surreal. I didn’t think it was 100% true, what I was hearing, ’cause I was actually shocked,” Smith said.

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SOURCE: CBS New York, Dick Brennan