Bossier Schools responds to alleged incident during Benton, Southwood football game

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Bossier Schools has released information in regards to an alleged incident that happened during Friday night’s football game between Benton and Southwood High Schools.

According to KTBS, allegations of “racist behavior” at the game angered some Southwood parents and has created a buzz on social media.

Southwood band students “have a tradition of visiting the other side of the stadium for a meet and greet with the rival band,” the station reports. That’s when, according to KTBS, “students or parents…nearby started taunting Southwood students while they were visiting the Benton band.”

Bossier schools say that a “thorough investigation into concerns voiced at Friday night’s Benton vs. Southwood game concluded today, following interviews with nearly 50 students and adults.”

“The findings revealed that, while booing was clearly heard in the stands when Southwood Band members visited the home side, there was no evidence of racial slurs or any physical contact or water thrown. These results are consistent with reports from three levels of investigative efforts; the school principal, the three Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Deputies present at the game and Bossier Schools’ Director of Security.”

“Nevertheless, Bossier Schools has high expectations of its students and does not condone any type of heckling or booing. We apologize to any Southwood High student who was offended by this display of poor sportsmanship. It is our pledge to promote positive competitiveness and always investigate and address any inappropriate behavior displayed.”