VESTAL (WBNG) -- An investigation continues into text messages discovered in a group chat on social media may have included racist and sexist language, according to the Vestal Central School District.
Vestal High School head football coach Marty Fisher revealed Saturday four of his players were suspended for that night's game against Johnson City in connection to the texts.
Vestal Central School District leaders declined to comment on camera.
On Monday the district sent 12 News the following:
"Vestal Central School District administration is at the beginning of an investigation of a social media chat group. The district had to make certain decisions about Saturday’s game for the safety and well-being of students based on preliminary information received on this matter.
The varsity football coach was not fully informed when he made recent comments. Once all information has been gathered and assessed, the district will take appropriate action. Federal law prohibits school districts from discussing student matters, including disciplinary issues.
An Athletic Code of Conduct is distributed to all athletic teams, and our athletes are expected to adhere to this code. Whether school is in session or not, Education Law '1711(5)(b) confers upon the superintendent of schools the power and duty to:
"...enforce all provisions of law and rules and regulations relating to the management of the schools and other educational, social and recreational activities under the direction of the board of education."
In addition, New York State Education Department, as well as state and federal courts, have confirmed that actions outside of school which disrupt the school environment can have in-school consequences.
The Vestal Central School District does not condone nor tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity,sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability. While the district cannot publicly discuss certain matters dealing with specific student conduct, it will always promptly and thoroughly pursue any violations of its non-discrimination policy.”
The district says there are still more questions to be answered on what exactly happened.