After a recent incident between Lower Merion and Strath Haven high schools — in which students engaged in anti-Semitic trash-talking on Facebook prior to a soccer match between the two — both schools have moved to quell the furor, as well as educate students about the incident.
Strath Haven principal MaryJo Yannacone said her school was tackling the issue on two fronts: by working with the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League to educate students on Internet safety and Internet etiquette, as well as emphasizing the school's connection to the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Yannacone said the PCA had already conducted a workshop for "all building principals and athletic directors, with an eye toward reinforcing the ideals of sportsmanship and teamwork for all of our athletes," and that workshops for students were planned throughout the year.
Doug Young, of Lower Merion's office of school and community relations, said that letters had been sent home to make parents aware of the incident and how the school planned to tackle it.
There also have been discussions about ways to bring the students of both schools together, though, in some ways, that's already happened.
"A lot of kids — ironically enough, through Facebook — have apologized to each other," said Young.
"I guess one of the things you look for from a situation like this is that you can learn from it, and the hope is that that process is already starting to take place."
As for the soccer game, the rescheduled match took place Oct. 6, and ended in a 1-1 tie.