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News :: Race
Worcester residents call for investigation of race bias claims
09 Mar 2006
Modified: 09:21:44 AM
About 150 students, teachers and Worcester residents gathered at City Hall Wednesday, March 8th to support South High basketball coach Pat Williams and to call for full review the City’s failure to respond to the serious charges of ongoing racial bias by officials that he has made.

After South lost a close playoff game on Sunday night in double-overtime to Holy Name, a game in which South had been leading before a long series of fouls were called against them, Williams accused the referees of bias and possible racism. Williams' criticisms were quickly covered-up by Worcester school administrators, including Athletic Director Joe Pepi, and Asst. Superintendent Stephen Mills. Rather than responding to Coach Williams’ charges, Pepi and Mills quickly dismissed them by apologizing to game referees and Holy Name and threatening in the media that Coach Williams would face repercussions.
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* * * March 8th RALLY PHOTOS * * *

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Contact City leaders and request they call for a FULL REVIEW of bias against South High School’s basketball team as well as a full review of the School Department’s response. The Worcester Public Schools also owe an apology to Coach Williams for their poor reaction and failure to provide support.

Key points:

* This was not a post-game eruption, Coach Williams has repeatedly raised concerns within the school department about biased refereeing against South High.

* Principal Maureen Ciccone was aware of the situation and attempted to address it earlier and immediately prior to Sunday’s game.

* Concerns about the referees have previously been brought to the attention of Athletic Director John Pepi who promised that the two referees in question
would not be scheduled for the South/Holy Name game.

* Other coaches in the WPS system have also had concerns about the referees.

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Together We Stand
11 Mar 2006
Racism doesn't happen. Look at New Orleans!