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BH-BL school officials apologize to Amsterdam for students' racial taunts

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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School officials sent a letter of apology to Amsterdam City School District leaders in response to racial taunts during Saturday’s homecoming football game. During the last few minutes of the fourth quarter of the game, BH-BL student spectators chanted “Amster-ico,” a derogatory term aimed at Amsterdam’s large Hispanic population. “This type of behavior is certainly not condoned and is never acceptable in any setting,” the letter reads. The letter was signed ...

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October 14, 2013
6:35 p.m.

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I have heard this term applied to Amsterdam for some time, and this is the first time I have heard of any complaints over it, I am not saying it is right,but it would seem to me that there are a lot worse things than this that can be said.

October 15, 2013
7:52 a.m.

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So "Cracker" seems to be saying what was said was "not right", but it wasn't all that bad because others have been saying it for some time and that worst things can be said of Amsterdam. I suspect I read "cracker's commentary" quite a few times..fascinating collection of words.. but I never attribute to malice that which can be explained by this case it took me awhile to figure out.

October 15, 2013
9:50 a.m.

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Should send these ignorant kids up to Amsterdam to spend a few weeks attending that school and open their eyes a bit.

October 15, 2013
4:30 p.m.

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I remember back in 1982 being at high school basketball games. When the ref made a "bad" call, the cheering section used to call him "Ayatollah" and wagged their fingers chanting "Ayatollah the ref!" Ayatollah Khomeni was about the worst person anyone could think of then. This whole thing with BHBL and Amsterdam had me thinking about those times.