Leaders at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School are offering an apology to Amsterdam High School after some inappropriate and racially charged comments were made during a homecoming football game on Saturday. YNN's Erin Vannella has more on the school's public apology and how leaders are working to turn a negative incident into a positive lesson at the school.
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Half a dozen Spartan fans call an audible from the stands.
"My understanding is they were chanting 'Amsterico' in a derogatory way and Coach Shell took it upon himself to take his headphones off, go up into the stands into the loud speaker in the announcers box and make an announcement that he was fully willing to take his kids off the field if the chant didn't stop," said Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa High School superintendent Patrick McGrath.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa High School administrators tackle bad behavior with an apology on paper, online and on YNN.
"We really feel sorry this had to happen. We don't want people to feel coming to our place they're not welcome. We're neighbors and we think highly of them and we want to have good friendly rivalry over the years to come," said McGrath.
Administrators hope those responsible come forward, though discipline will be assigned regardless. And Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake student leaders will take a knee for the team.
"This is an opportunity for them to take leadership on a tougher roll and say you know how do these kinds of things happen and let them know that's not how they're perceived by the full community and that our student body is as upset by the comments some of their peers made as they are," said McGrath.