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There’s no question about it: A derogatory chant led by a small group of fans near the end of last Saturday’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football game was pretty bad sportsmanship, meant to taunt players on the opposing (and soundly trounced) Amsterdam High School team. Even worse, the chant focused on the city’s (and football team’s) dominant ethnic group — Puerto Ricans — elevating its offensiveness from the usual tasteless taunts of an exuberant athletic crowd. ...


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reader1
October 17, 2013
6:39 a.m.

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So, you should not be suspended for behavior at non-academic events? How would you deter inappropriate behavior?
RE: ambiguous nature - I doubt the intent was ambiguous.
Don't have to crush the knuckleheads with the response, but, writer is basically suggesting what amounts to a non-response.

BH-BL response so far - has been fantastic. Classy, thoughtful, and quick.

Feel bad for the players - a few nitwits in the stands tainted a huge win. Maybe in lieu of suspension - I'm sure the athletic department and groundskeeper could use some forced student labor for the rest of the year.

wmarincic
October 17, 2013
7:20 a.m.

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Forced groundskeeper sounds like a great idea. It might make the difference of which path they take in life.

SchenectadyScott
October 17, 2013
8:20 a.m.

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Where is all the "Wandering Dago" supporters on this one.....

wmarincic
October 17, 2013
1:28 p.m.

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Totally different Scott, Wandering Dago is an Italian owned business that is using that name.

gina99
October 17, 2013
3:05 p.m.

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Much ado about nothing. The best revenge will be administered by the Rams on the field next year. Where's the similar outrage over the Mt Pleasant girls fight club?

roberttodt
October 17, 2013
8:37 p.m.

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Taunting is one thing, they definitly needed to stop the chanting. But, where is the racial slur? Are you saying that people from Peurto Rico should not be proud of their heritage?

irene58
October 18, 2013
11:15 p.m.

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So, it would be ok to drink at the prom, as long as it isn't during school hours? Or at a dance? Or any other sporting event?

Forced groundskeepers - yea, see what the union has to say about that.....

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