It sounds like a coaching tactic which many coaches use.
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I looked in the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District handbook, in the Code of Conduct section, which specifically applies to students, school personnel, parents and other visitors on school property or attending a school function. There it says that the district expectations for conduct are based on "the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity" and that students have a right to be "respected as an individual" and that teachers are expected to "maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, for all students". If you feel that this is not happening, in your district, I would first reach out to your Dignity Act Coordinator. Schedule a sit down and calmly discuss what you have observed. Be specific with dates, events, what was said, and who else might have witnessed it. At that meeting, ask the Coordinator for a specific schedule for follow-up and any processes related to filing a formal complaint. Don't leave it open ended. If you feel that your matter was not addressed adequately, then meet with the Principal and DAC together to discuss. Again, be specific with dates, events, what was said and who else might have witnessed the behavior. After that, you can escalate to the Superintendent, whose responsibilities include working with the district "in enforcing the code of conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly." There are good education law attorneys in your area (I'm in Schenectady county and cover about a 100 mile radius (my dad worked on the original construction of Gilboa dam!)), so if these recommendations do not give you a resolution, feel free to reach out to one of us to discuss more.
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No it is not a crime.
If the language is specifically based on race, sexual orientation or other physical characteristic of your son's, it may violate the anti-bullying laws in which case it should be reported to the school.
If the language is disrespectful to your son and his teammates it may still be reported to the school's administration.
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