Parents, fans outraged over player harassment

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 24, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Parents and fans took to social media to express outrage over Science Hill High School students’ actions toward a Dobyns-Bennett High School basketball player during Saturday night’s District 1-AAA championship game at Cherokee High School in Rogersville.

Students brought phallic-shaped signs of an Indians player photoshopped with a Science Hill cheerleader’s outfit and the word “queen” written underneath. The player’s mother posted on her Facebook account that one Science Hill student offered to give one of the signs to the player’s father.

At one point in the game, a fan yelled loudly from the stands, calling the player a derogatory name for a female anatomy part. An adult Dobyns-Bennett fan went over, spoke to the youth about the use of the offensive language and quieted him down.

Other adults shared the post on their social media pages to express their displeasure with the signs and the student section’s actions.

Johnson City Schools put out a statement saying it is investigating the incident with no word yet on what disciplinary action might be taken.

“We are aware of the incident and are currently investigating,” said Debra Bentley, Johnson City Schools director of instruction and communication.

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