CONNELL, Wash. — The North Franklin School District is investigating racist conduct at a recent girls basketball game, at which fans were seen and heard making monkey sounds and gestures at Black players from Zillah High School.
The video from Saturday’s game is making the rounds on social media and is the subject of several social media posts.
In a post on Facebook, the North Franklin School District said it has been investigating “allegations of racist remarks.”
“The North Franklin Athletic Director was made aware of inappropriate remarks and gestures from Connell students in the bleachers,” the post said. The school district said it began an immediate investigation “including interviews, gathering of statements, and review of game film and social media.”
On its own Facebook page, Connell High School posted that no students will be allowed at games until the investigation is complete.
“Any show of racism is inexcusable and will not be tolerated in our district,” said NFSD Superintendent Jim Jacobs. “We take these allegations seriously and, while we are unable to share disciplinary details due to privacy laws, we will assure appropriate consequences are administered.”
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