The basketball game in California ends with the school part of the school saying “where is your passport?”
The high school basketball game in California ends with the xenophobic “singing of the team fans” Where is your passport? “because the winners had French and Puerto Rican members
- Students from Righetti High School launched the xenophobic chants during the competition against the private school St. Joseph High School
- As the game ended, the students heard harassment: “Where is your passport?”
- St. Joseph dominated Righetti with a score of 74-57
- In their selection, St. Joseph has three players from Puerto Rico – an area of the United States
- They also have a student from France
- St. Joseph Principal Erinn Dougherty condemned the ‘xenophobic’ remarks
The student section of a high school basketball team wondered if their opponents had “passports” during a match between the two schools in California on Tuesday, causing a fight between administrators of both campuses.
Students from Righetti High School launched the xenophobic chants during the competition against the private school St. Joseph High School. The two schools are across the street from each other.
As the game ended, the students heard harassment: “Where is your passport?”
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Students from Righetti High school launched the xenophobic chants during the competition against the private school St. Joseph High School.
A sports editor with the Santa Maria Times filmed the video and said that “administrators of both schools have exchanged words.”
“There was a charged atmosphere during the game,” the editor added, with St. Joseph Righetti dominating with a score of 74-57.
St. Joseph reportedly defeated Righetti the last six times the two schools met.
In their selection, St. Joseph has three players from Puerto Rico – an area of the United States. They also have a student from France.
On Wednesday, St. Joseph Principal Erinn Dougherty condemned the ‘xenophobic’ remarks and apologized for her tense interaction with Righetti High Assistant Director Ted Lyon.
“Just because I will not allow certain xenophobic statements to be made on my campus and I do not want racially charged rhetoric, does this not mean that I do not love and respect the students of this entire community,” said Dougherty. ‘Not just the St. Joe students, but the entire community. I think they were good kids who didn’t know what they were saying. ”
She added later: “I made mistakes and I probably made a mistake while charging there. I don’t want this to be harmful to someone’s career. We can all do better. Let us think about it, pray about it, and every school should focus on what we can do to be the best school for our children.
“I am someone who wears her heart on her sleeve. I’m an easy crier. I love hard, I cry hard, I love my children … The only thing I can say is that I wish I hadn’t reprimanded the students of another manager. That of course had upset him, but I was about to take care of children. ”
Dougherty, however, expressed concern that other games had been sung, including one between the two schools last month.
St. Joseph has made his own statement condemning the chants of the other team
St. Joseph reportedly defeated Righetti the last six times the two schools met
“A student came to me, one of the players, and he was upset after the last game,” Dougherty said. ‘Another student came to me (Tuesday) morning and said he was nervous about it. I had thought about it, but I had started to feel smug because it had gone so terribly (during the Tuesday game). ”
Tom Mott, coach of St. Joseph, thought the reactions were not racist.
“I really don’t think they knew they had said anything racist,” Mott said. “They didn’t want to be racist.”
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Public Information Officer Kenny Klein hurled “both sides” for comments made during the competition.
“We are aware of the unacceptable comments from both sides of the basketball court during the heated rivalry between St. Joseph and Righetti High School Tuesday night,” he said in the statement to KSBY. “The incident is being tackled by SMJUHSD and RHS school officials. We currently have no further comments.
St. Joseph has made his own statement condemning the chants of the other team.
“We are disappointed with the way the boys’ basketball game against Righetti High School ended Tuesday night,” they said in a statement. ‘We do not tolerate any form of inappropriate statements from students, especially if they can be interpreted as disrespectful. We hope that this can be a lesson in sportsmanship and mutual respect for students from both schools. ”