South Dakota school probes racist stunt before football game

South Dakota school probes racist stunt before football game”

Condemnations came Thursday from both the Meade School District and the Sturgis Police Department following the appearance on social media Wednesday of a photo showing a racially offensive slogan painted on the side of a auto being smashed by students from Sturgis Brown High School.

Sturgis Brown (Meade County, S.D.) has canceled all of its homecoming activities and forfeited a football game against Pine Ridge following racist comments that appeared on social media.

Pete Wilson is principal of Sturgis Brown.

Pine Ridge School is a K-12 school serving the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation. "We're going to apologize to every school district in the state, because this not only looks bad for Sturgis Brown High School, this looks bad for South Dakota", he said. They say they are truly apologetic for the actions of these students.

The photos began circulating on social media on October 11. The vehicle bash had been a formal homecoming week tradition for many years, but about six years ago, school officials halted the event. However, school officials are still considering whether the game should take place. Busting one of the windows would typically cost more.

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Sturgis police Chief Geody VanDewater said the department is working with school officials to provide assistance. VanDewater added that "at this point there's not anything criminal", but police are "looking through it thoroughly before we make judgment".

Don Kirkegaard, Superintendent of the Meade School District, says "On behalf of the Meade School District, we apologize to not only the Pine Ridge community, but to all minorities across the state of South Dakota, to our Indian population. By no means do we support the actions or behaviors of what happened last night", Wilson says. "We are appalled and disgusted by the racist comments that appeared on social media".

Wilson says some pictures were taken on a school lot, but that the event took place elsewhere.

The game will official go down as a 2-0 win for Pine Ridge, KELO notes.

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