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GSU, Sav. St. discuss incident at game
SSU cheerleader claims racial slurs, bottles hurled at Paulson

It is unclear if a Savannah State University cheerleader, who posted on a social media post that she was harassed and heckled by Georgia Southern University fans during Saturday’s football game, has filed a police report about the incident.

Georgia Southern University officials did not respond by Herald deadline Wednesday to a Freedom of Information request for copies of any incident or arrest reports regarding any physical or verbal disputes, attacks or violence during the game between GSU and Savannah State. Officials did not confirm whether there were any reports filed regarding the incident.

In a Facebook post after the game, Savannah State cheerleader Ma’Kyah Sims wrote: “My first last away game was bittersweet. I can sit here and say as long as I've been cheering me and my cheer mates have never experienced racial discrimination until today. From bottles being thrown at us, to being called all the unholy names! This maybe the worst cheer experience ever! I'm just so disappointed in the Georgia Southern fans and there cruel racial comments and actions.”

In a statement sent in an email from spokesperson Jennifer Wise, the university confirmed the incident was being discussed with Savannah State officials.

“Yesterday, key administrators from Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University discussed the offensive behavior shown by fans at Saturday’s game. A full investigation is currently underway,” according to the statement.

Savannah television news station WTOC interviewed a bus driver who drove the Savannah State team to the game. Moses Calhoun told WTOC reporter Dal Cannady he did not witness the incident Sims described, but said “it was definitely a racially charged environment in the stands where he was sitting in the upper deck.”

Calhoun told WTOC the slurs were coming from about 30 fans, not everyone.  

Sims was not immediately available for comment Wednesday and did not immediately respond to messages sent seeking comment.

Wise said Wednesday she did not know when Georgia Southern would provide incident and arrest reports, if any exist, that were formally requested by the Statesboro Herald Wednesday.




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