First published in the Feb. 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
Burbank High School recently issued a response after a photo surfaced on social media depicting Burbank High School junior varsity soccer players and their assistant coach holding a sign that read “F— Burroughs,” referring to their rival school.
“I want to assure you that we have taken this matter very seriously and have taken steps to address it with our players and coaches. Burbank High School believes in promoting a positive and respectful environment for all athletes, and it is disheartening to see that this was not the case during the game,” said BHS Principal Julie Markussen in a statement addressed to Burroughs JV soccer players, parents and coaches.
Disciplinary actions have been taken according to BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill, though he said he was unable to comment on specific actions. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that an assistant coach was suspended in relation to the incident.
“This is a message I have been instilling in our team since those events. We look to move forward from this by sticking to our school’s values of sportsmanship and pride. Again, we express incredible remorse for what happened and seek your forgiveness,” Markussen wrote.