- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - Police in western Massachusetts say no charges will be filed in the case involving hateful remarks about a high school football player who kneeled during the national anthem at a recent game.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/2ecA67O ) reports that Great Barrington police say the “derogatory” remark expressed an offensive opinion, but was not in the nature of a threat or call to action and therefore constituted free speech.

On Sept. 26, authorities said a white Monument Mountain Regional High School student reportedly made comments about the player, who is black, that referenced lynching. The player reported the incident to school authorities.

The alleged comments came after the player “took a knee” during the national anthem at a Sept. 23 game in Athol (ATH’-uhl).

School administrators and police had launched separate investigations into the case.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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