Bedford High School found no evidence of racist statements

An investigation into the matter has now been completed. Ann Arbor Pioneer made the allegation earlier this month.

TEMPERANCE, Michigan – Bedford Public Schools announced Friday that an investigation into alleged racist statements by junior soccer players has been completed and no evidence has been found to support the claims.

Ann Arbor Pioneer accused a Bedford player of making “racial comments” during a JV game earlier this month. The university game between the two schools planned for the following night was canceled.

Bedford Superintendent Carl Shultz released the following statement on Friday:

“Bedford Public Schools has completed our investigation into allegations that one of our JV soccer players used racial mockery during our game with Ann Arbor Pioneer. BPS condemns all forms of discrimination and takes this allegation very seriously.

“During the subsequent investigation, the BPS administration interviewed both students and coaches who were participants during the game. A review of the feature film was conducted to see if any type of player reaction might be helpful in the process. Ultimately, several interviews were held with the match officials and a review of the submitted match report was also carried out.

“The bottom line of the investigation is that no evidence could be found to support the allegation. This incident was discussed during the SEC conference sessions as well as possible logs for future incidents like this one.”

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