Three Liberty High football players are set to go on trial this week on charges of allegedly making a racist comment to an African-American teammate.
Two of the players have been charged with a hate crime and are facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The alleged incident happened in May of this year and the players face a minimum of four years behind bars if convicted.
A school spokesperson told FourFourSecond on Wednesday that the school would not comment further on the ongoing investigation.
The students are accused of making derogatory remarks to an unnamed African-US player in a locker room at Liberty High.
Liberty High’s head football coach and vice president, Mike Ollivar, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the matter.
“Liberty has a zero tolerance policy for hate and intolerance,” the statement read.
“The Liberty High Football program, the Liberty High family, and the entire Liberty High community is focused on a positive and collaborative effort to create a safe and welcoming environment for our student-athletes.”
Liberty will have no further comment at this time.