Schools Consider Punishing Student-Athletes for Racist Tweets

By Bryan Toporek — April 30, 2012 1 min read
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When the Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 last week, ousting the defending champion Boston Bruins from the playoffs, a few students got sucked into the ugly side of the Internet.

Dozens of racist, hateful comments started emerging on Twitter targeted at Ward, one of 28 African-American players in the National Hockey League, according to the Associated Press. We won’t be re-printing those comments here, but suffice it to say, there were “n-words” a plenty emerging from Boston fans.

At Gloucester (Mass.) High School, school officials are considering punishing at least three student-athletes and two other students who chimed in with derogatory tweets, according to the

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.