MAHOPAC - The head of Mahopac's Board of Education has outlined the actions taken in the wake of what he calls a very painful episode in the district's history.

Nearly two weeks ago, Mahopac High School and Mount Vernon High School faced off in a semifinal basketball game. Fights erupted in the crowd during and after the game and Mahopac's players have been accused of using racial slurs toward the Mount Vernon team.

Racist tweets were also allegedly sent, and Mahopac school officials say eight students have been suspended as a result. Class meetings were also held with every grade level and letters were sent home to parents.

Superintendent Thomas Manko says, "This incident has hurt not only Mount Vernon's young people, but their peers in Mahopac, who disagree strongly with and absolutely do not condone the abhorrent behavior of the few." Manko will be meeting with administrators to find ways to strengthen character education and will add in-depth training for teachers.