GRAND BLANC, Mich. (WJRT) – Several members of the Grand Blanc High School varsity football team and cheerleading squad have been disciplined for messages deemed offensive and inappropriate.
Grand Blanc Community Schools confirmed Thursday that several athletes received unspecified discipline over messages “that were at times inappropriate and/or offensive on multiple levels,” according to a statement released Thursday.
Grand Blanc City Police Det. Sgt. Bryan Byarski said officers became aware of the ongoing series of messages on Snapchat last Friday. He said the messages included “Hitler greetings,” adding “Hitler mustaches” and students partially exposing themselves.
Other messages show students wearing KKK hoodies and a cheerleader wearing a hat with a profane message directed at President Joe Biden.
Administrators say the group chat has been around “for a long time” and neither coaches nor school officials knew it existed until recently. Not all team members were included in the group chat.
None of the messages included threats, according to the district’s statement.
“That said, the content, even in an effort of ‘humor’ among a diverse group of friends, was unacceptable in our athletic program,” the school’s statement said.
Byarski said no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the Snapchat messages.
The district says several students involved in the group chat violated policies in the school and athletic handbooks, so they will face discipline. But officials say they cannot disclose any specific discipline for students.
However, ABC12 News has learned that some students were suspended for one game while others were suspended for two or three games.