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Racial slurs have the Quakertown School District reeling

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - District officials say the slurs were aimed at the visiting team at Friday night's homecoming game.

The alleged culprits are middle school students.

"They disappointed me, they embarrassed us here in the community and our board is embarrassed and I know a lot of people were troubled by it," said Quakertown School Superintendent Dr. William Harner.

Harner says the middle school students directed racial slurs at the Cheltenham School District students.

"In the beginning of the game it was at the cheerleaders and then after the game outside of the gate off of school property it was at the buses, but the players and the cheerleaders were on," said Harner.

Harner says the boys have been disciplined. He says their actions were disgraceful and unacceptable.

A third student may also be in trouble.

When Cheltenham returned to Quakertown for boys high school soccer, many people in the stands brought signs with a special message for Cheltenham players.

"This is how I feel in my heart. I am sorry that our children did this to other people's children and just want to show our support for them tonight," said Quakertown resident Lois Wisler.

"And tell them that they're always welcome to come here to play and we just want to support them 100 percent," said Quakertown resident Karen Hammerschmidt.

Harner says both Quakertown and Cheltenham have been talking to their students about what happened.

He says for Quakertown, it's more than a teachable moment, but an opportunity to change some hearts.

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