4 students disciplined: 'racial name-calling incident' at Ashley Ridge HS

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester District 2 officials have released a statement about an incident which took place at Ashley Ridge High School last week.

It reportedly involved several baseball players at the school who used inappropriate language, according to district spokeswoman Pat Raynor.

“Coaches and staff were not present when this occurred,” Raynor said. “School administration and coaches have conducted a thorough investigation of the incident that included meeting with parents of the students involved.”

Four students were disciplined as a result, Raynor said.

“The school and district take such inappropriate behavior very seriously and address such issues according to discipline policies,” Raynor said.

Athletes and coaches will also receive diversity training.

The executive director of the Community Resource Center in Summerville, Louis Smith, is calling for a federal hate crime investigation into the incident. Smith says he met with the parents of the students who were called the names.

“We are demanding that these students be suspended or expelled,” Smith said. “We are demanding that the baseball team be disbanded and what’s even more tragic than all this is there is no representation, minority representation on the Dorchester District Two School Board.”

Smith says he would also like the district to establish a diversity board. He says they don’t want retaliation for the students who were called the names.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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