Franklin fans reportedly heckle Sharon baseball players


“Our hearts go out to Sharon’s community.”

Franklin High School fans allegedly heckled Sharon’s players with homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic slurs during a college baseball game on Thursday.

According to The Boston GlobeJohn Hilliard, Franklin’s manager, Joshua Hanna, sent a letter to families on Friday after the incident. He said school officials “denounce such behavior and are outraged” and are currently investigating the matter.

“Our hearts go out to Sharon’s community,” Hanna wrote. “There is no place for such behavior in our schools and at school events.”

Sharon officials said the heckling did not involve players or coaches from Franklin’s baseball team, according to Hanna. Franklin School officials have contacted Franklin Police and are working with Sharon High School administration, he said.

The Sharon High School baseball team shared a brief statement on Facebook.

“An investigation is ongoing and responses will be provided pending the outcome of the investigation,” the statement said.

Hilliard noted that this is part of a larger trend.

Last month, the Anti-Defamation League reported an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. Last year, 108 incidents were reported, an increase from 73 the previous year.

The ADL reported more than 2,700 anti-Semitic incidents across the United States last year, the most since it began tracking such reports in 1979, she said.

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