North Side Parent Says Huntington North Racial Allegations Are True

By John W. Davis

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Dozens of North Side High School parents gathered Thursday evening to discuss allegations of racial slurs during last Friday's Varsity Football game against Huntington North High School.

Indiana's NewsCenter tried to attend the parents meeting, which was held inside North Side High School.

However, Indiana's NewsCenter was asked to leave by North Side's Principal.

Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter was able to interview a parent off school property minutes before the meeting was set to begin.

"I wanna to find out why my son had to write an apology letter for Huntington (North High) School call them n-words. The Principal wanted them to write apology letters. I don't understand that," said North Side Football Parent Benard Robinson, in an interview conducted off North Side High School property.

He said his son, other players and other parents all have told him the allegations are true.

Robinson said he believes his son.

"They need to do something about that 'cause if they don't, it's gonna escalate to something bigger than what it is right now," continued Robinson, who's son is a sophomore on the school's football team.

Meanwhile, Robinson is standing up for North Side Assistant Football Coach Derrick Moore.

Moore is at the center of the allegations because he posted a message on the Gridiron Digest web site, claiming his players were called racist names, and that Huntington fans spewed racial taunts as well.

Robinson said he heard rumors that Coach Moore was fired or suspended for the rest of the season.

"Well, he's fired or he can't coach no more this year. So I don't understand that either," continued Robinson.

"I thought it was freedom of speech, basically say what you want to say," added Robinson.

"So I don't see why he's getting punished for sticking up for the kids at North Side for football. That's the reason why all these parents are here too. Because if nobody sticks up for their kids, nobody is going to," reasoned Robinson.

Robinson concluded that someone needs to be punished because there are no place for racial slurs in 2011.




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