ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A community conversation was held on Tuesday night at Enfield High School after a football player was called a racial slur.

The incident happened earlier this month while members of the team were going door-to-door to fundraise for the upcoming season.

“He didn’t even make it to her door. He literally made it to the side of the driveway as she started to scream at him,” said Kelly Jackson, the student’s mother. “Then told him he would shoot him and then proceeded to berate him as he walked away.”

“We’re inviting members of the community to bring their own chair and have a conversation maybe specifically about that incident, how it made them feel, how they generally feel about Enfield’s position on equity, inclusion, diversity, all of those things that are important to have those conversations,” said Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Enfield Town Manager.

Enfield police say someone did admit to using a slur towards the student, but the use of the slur on its own was not deemed illegal.

The superintendent says there’s no place for what happened.

The community conversation started at 5:30 p.m.

The facilitator of Tuesday night’s meeting said the focus is not on the horrible racial incident that went on but on looking inside yourself and how the community can do better and come together as one unit to solve the problem.

“There are some folks that are of the belief as long as we pretend it didn’t happen, it will go away, there’s a whole lot of folks that want to yell and scream and watch heads roll and figure out who to blame for this, first off I’m going to say that everyone in the community holds some responsibility,” said Facilitator Kamoraq Le’Ella Herrington.

Kamora Le’Ella Herrington Talked about cleaning out the cobwebs that you can’t see in your house, looking inward, and listening to how others feel.

“We need to make sure that we have space for voices to be heard and that we have a brave space, not a safe space for voices to be heard, and to speak into the wind. But a brave space where people can say what they have to say,” said Herrington.

She said brave speech is hard, but it opens doors and minds.

“The only way that we can grow as a society the only way we can grow in communities is if we share who we are and share our beliefs and take the challenge and then grow together on this,” said Herrington.

The Town manager says the school system has a diversity curriculum planned for the school year, but they needed to have something sooner to set the tone going into school.

“So that we can provide some guidance for families and caregivers who might want to start the conversation at the dinner table and community groups and then into the classrooms,” said Town Manager Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

The Enfield Police Chief said it’s very important to point out that Tuesday’s meeting was also about supporting the football team and the players and the students and people in the community to make sure everybody feels welcome in Enfield.

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