Vestal school administrators are looking into online chats by students that may have contained racist and sexist language and images.

The school district Monday afternoon released a statement indicating "certain decisions" were made about Saturday night's Vestal high school football game.

Without specifying what administrators did, the district suggested some steps were taken "for the safety and well-being of students" based on a preliminary review.

WBNG-TV 12 News reported four Vestal students were not allowed to play in the football game against Johnson City. That report was based on information provided by head coach Marty Smith, who did not identify the students who had been suspended by the administration.

In Monday's statement, the school district said the coach "was not fully informed when he made his recent comments."

The statement noted school districts are prohibited by federal law from "discussing student matters, including disciplinary issues."

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