Amherst principal apologized for fan behavior at soccer game vs. Holyoke

Holyoke schools chief says parents have raised concerns about other incidents


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The head of the Holyoke Public Schools says that he has received an apology from the principal of Amherst Regional High School, over the behavior of some Amherst soccer fans, which allegedly included racist taunts.

Reports of racist taunts at Holyoke-Amherst soccer game

In a statement sent to 22News, Dr. Stephen Zrike said that Amherst Regional investigated the fans’ behavior at a September 23 girls’ soccer game, and determined that “the overall behavior of Amherst fans crossed the line of good sportsmanship.” Zrike said that he received a letter from Amherst Regional Principal Mark Jackson apologizing for the behavior on behalf of the school community. He added, however, that the incident is not the only one that has caused concern.

“Our families and student athletes continue to express concern about fan behavior during this game and previous athletic contests in Amherst. Holyoke High School has been, and will continue to be in contact with the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) regarding this matter,” Zrike wrote.

He added that the department is proud of the members of the girls’ soccer team, and said that they have positively represented the city of Holyoke.

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