Update regarding Oct. 4 soccer game

(Update: Oct. 12, 2018)

Dear families and community members,

Last week we learned that spectators made discriminatory remarks against a student-athlete during a modified soccer game on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The spectators involved are facing disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Liberty Central School District Code of Conduct and Athletic Handbook.

Since student safety and respect is our highest priority, the district would like to take this opportunity to remind students and parents about the serious consequences of harassment.  Liberty Pride should be exhibited at all times during district functions.

Your continued respect for those who participate and spectate echo our belief that the most important part of school athletics are the people involved and not the game itself.

Sincerely
Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools

(Original Letter; Oct. 5, 2018)

Dear families and community members,

We have been made aware of allegations of discrimination by some spectators against a student-athlete in another district during a modified soccer game on Oct. 4.

We are currently investigating the situation and will follow up with more information as the situation warrants.

Let us be clear, discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated and is a direct violation of the district’s code of conduct and the Dignity for All Students Act. We take these allegations seriously. This is a moment as a school community to realize that, while we place a high priority on providing safe, inclusive learning environments, this also extends to our athletic fields.

If you or your child has any information pertinent to this matter, please contact my office at (845) 292-6990. Students with first-hand information may also anonymously submit it to a school administrator through Quick Tips.

Sincerely
Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools

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