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Some Ardrey Kell students suspected of being drunk, high on drugs at football game

Ardrey Kell High School officials have indefinitely suspended a junior basketball player for using a racial slur on social media
Ardrey Kell High School officials have indefinitely suspended a junior basketball player for using a racial slur on social media WBTV

Ardrey Kell High School officials said they ordered the entire student section to leave last Friday night’s football game after “a number of” students were suspected of being drunk, high on drugs, shouting racial slurs at other students, vaping and spitting and throwing items at the school’s band.

Students also are accused of chanting inappropriate cuss words and “physically abusing their peers,” David Switzer, the school’s principal, said in a ConnectEd message to parents.

School officials cleared the student section during the third quarter of the game.

“These actions will never be tolerated at Ardrey Kell and therefore had to be immediately addressed,” Switzer said in the message. “While we are aware that it wasn't all of the student section, the actions of these students created an unsafe environment for everyone and action needed to be taken.

“We are Ardrey Kell High School – 1 of the top schools in North Carolina – and our students and community deserve better than this,” the principal said. “We expect our students to serve as role models for others, whether in school, at extracurricular events or in the community. “

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said students who violated the student code of conduct will be disciplined, although it was unknown what punishment they face.

“It’s very disrespectful and disappointing,” parent Cindy Sullivan said. “We are new to Charlotte. I am sad to see that.”

In his message, Switzer told parents: “We need your support to reinforce this expectation with your child. Please take the time to talk and discuss how to act appropriately whether at school or in the community.”

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