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TULSA, Okla. – High school football games can sometimes create a healthy competition between rival schools, but students and faculty at one Oklahoma high school say a rival has taken that competition too far.

According to KOKI, students and staff at Booker T. Washington High School are upset after receiving racially charged messages from students who claim to be from Sand Springs High School.

Several of the messages use racial slurs and other threaten acts of violence.

“We have been confronted with all sorts of derogatory statements and racial epithets being hurled at students at Booker T. Washington. We will not stand for that,” Dr. Anthony Marshall, a teacher at the high school, said.

Dr. Anthony Marshall told KOKI that the messages are part of an ongoing problem. He says he has brought it to the attention of Sand Springs officials, but never heard back.

Sand Springs principal Stan Trout took to Facebook to call for the posts and tweets to stop, saying they are “humorless and tasteless.”

The Charles Page High School student body also released a statement, saying:

“We the student body of Charles Page are saddened by the recent events following the semi-final playoffs rounds 2 between Sand Springs and Booker T. We do not condone any form of racism. The posts you saw did come from a Sand Springs student’s account but his account was hacked. The tweets have been deleted. It would not make much sense for him to post such racially charged tweets because he is African American and a very big leader against racism in our school. Regarding the racially charged text message, our school’s administration has asked that anybody with information on who it came from or the number that sent it, email it to our principal at stan.trout@sandites.org so we can discipline accordingly. We thank Booker T. for a very intense and well fought game and look forward to taking on the Bixby Spartans in the state championship.”