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Justice Dept. in Hagerstown to mediate dispute over alleged racial slurs at Fort Hill football game

October 16, 2008

HAGERSTOWN (AP) -- Athletic officials from two high schools embroiled in a racial dispute are meeting in Hagerstown in a session mediated by the U.S. Justice Department.

Spokespersons for Dunbar High School in the District of Columbia and Fort Hill High School in Cumberland haven't disclosed the exact location of the Thursday meeting involving the athletic directors and head football coaches from both schools.

The dispute involves accusations by Dunbar Coach Craig Jeffries and some black players that players on the mostly white Fort Hill team used racial slurs during a game in Cumberland on Sept. 19.

Jeffries removed his team from the field, saying he feared the situation would become violent. His decision caused Dunbar to forfeit.

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Investigations by D.C. Public Schools and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are continuing.

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