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District Responds To Racist Snapchat Against Annapolis High School Basketball Team

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — An Anne Arundel County student is accused of posting a racial epithet online because her school lost a close basketball game.

In a controversial Snapchat post, the girl reportedly went off after Broadneck High lost a basketball game by one point.

"It was deplorable," said parent, Jason Doyle. "Kids these days and even adults shouldn't be talking like that."

In the school's parking lot, a student told WJZ that he knew the girl.

"I feel nowadays we should just let stuff go like that," said Robert McDonald. "but I know she is going to get a punishment and all that and that's understandable."

A school spokesperson condemned the message and said that it's contrary to the district's beliefs.

Anne Arundel County has experienced numerous incidents where officials have had to address allegations of racism in schools.

At Chesapeake High, a student reportedly displayed a Confederate flag in his vehicle.

Nooses were found at Chesapeake Bay and Crofton Middle School.

Just last week, the superintendent kicked off meetings to address the ongoing problem.

"It makes me both very angry and very sad that, in 2019, we're having to have these conversations," said George Arlotto. "but we know that we have to do this on behalf of our kids."

But after this latest post, African-American leaders said that they want change now.

"We've been very appreciative of the work that Doctor Arlotto has done up to this point," said Carl Snowden. "but again, enough is enough and if Doctor Arlotto is not able to get a handle on this and address this issue, then it's time to find a new superintendent."

Broadneck lost the game to Annapolis High. That principal encouraged their students not to respond to the message.

As for the student who made the Snapchat post, Broadneck has said that the disciplinary process will take its course.

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