The students involved say it was supposed to be a joke, but the administration at Union Local High School wasn't laughing on Monday morning when they disciplined three students for holding up a sign naming a player on the opposing team as being gay during Friday night's basketball game against St. Clairsville.
According to school officials, the Union Local student who held up the sign was a friend of the St. Clairsville player, and the sign was meant to be a joke. However, other attendees to the game saw the sign as something much different, and soon the photo was plastered all over social media.
The student holding the sign was in the student section and Superintendent Doug Thoburn said he was sitting only yards away, but never saw what it said.
When the school opened on Monday morning, school officials say they immediately took disciplinary action against the students involved. Thoburn said he has spoken to the St. Clairsville boy's father and has apologized.