Madison County and MHSAA addresses softball player experiencing racism during game

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MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Madison County Schools has released a statement to address an issue after one mom posted on Facebook about her daughter’s traumatic experience while competing in a softball game. On Tuesday night, Madison Central traveled to Desoto County to face Hernando High School.

According to the mom’s Facebook page, her daughter, a player of Madison Central, was called names by kids rooting for the opposing team. She said the kids went as far as calling her the “N” word.

The post has since been shared across social media, flagging school board leaders to look into the matter. Below is a statement from Madison County Schools:

The athletic programs of Madison County Schools promote good sportsmanship and respect for all students. This incident is under investigation by DeSoto County Schools, and we are confident that the matter will be addressed appropriately.

Madison County Schools

Rickey Neaves, Executive director of the Mississippi high school Activities association says this incident was reported to have happened in the outfield and eventually, the hecklers were ordered to move from that section by Hernando and Madison Central’s Principals. 

Neaves says the investigation that’s taking place is still ongoing to determine all involved. He says he was told that there were 50 to 100 people in the section. And when the investigation is complete, punishment usually depends on the school’s handbook. 

“That can be anything from a suspension from school or in-school suspension. For adults, there are times where they have been told that they cannot attend another MHSAA event for the course of the year” said Neaves.

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