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Athletes Suspended After Saying ‘All Gays Die' and Burning Pride Flag

MATT RICKARDS

Two football players have been indefinitely supsended after a Snapchat video surfaced of the incident. 

Two high school students have been indefinitely suspended from a Salt Lake City football team for a Snapchat video posted showing an LGBTQ Pride flag being burned, while someone in the video says "all gays die."

"There's no place for that in our program at all, and it won't be tolerated," said Matt Rickards, the head coach for the Kearns High School football team, told FOX 13. "It's potentially a hate crime, so it sickens me."

One of the student's posted the video, and the other reposted it. Neither student has been suspended from school yet for the video, which is considered cyberbullying and a safe school violation.

"We want to make sure every student who walks through our doors feels safe and secure in the environment that they're in," said Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley. "Whether it was done intentionally with a threat in mind or for humor's sake, it's inappropriate. And we're going to address it in a very serious fashion."

"We have one rule in our program, and that is not to embarrass yourself, your family or your team," Rickards said. "That rule was broken. There's got to be consequences for that."

Rickards added: "Our number one goal is to build men of character, integrity, be responsible, have empathy for others and serve the community for good. That's our number one objective."

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