Latino High School Students Victims Of Hate Speech And No Adult Stopped It
Donald Trump’s racists rhetoric has had major consequences countrywide; the latest having manifested at a high school basketball game.
At the game between rival Catholic schools, the student section of Andrean High School was decked out in red, white and blue, had a large picture of Donald Trump’s head and chanted “Build a wall! Build a wall!”
Bishop Noll Institute — a school with a large Latino population — responded with “You’re a racists!” and “We’re bilingual!”
Ashley Howard, a volleyball coach, was in attendance at the game, was so aghast that she took to Facebook to express her shock in hopes someone would pay attention. Along with pictures of the student section, she posted the message:
Tonight at the Bishop Noll vs. Andrean (both private catholic high schools) basketball game, the Andrean “super fan” section repeatedly held up a sign that reads “ESPN DEPORTES” and a fathead poster of Donald Trump. Bishop Noll’s student body has a great majority of Latino students. And due to the outrageous and racist remarks made in the media by Donald Trump the sign is extremely offensive (as it is meant to be). I ask you….. What kind of administration allows its students to support HATE SPEECH and RACISM openly at a school sponsored event……. A catholic school at that. The two school are always extremely competitive against each other, HOWEVER when do we as adults, teachers, parents, and principals teach the youth what is inappropriate. Is the bible really the backbone of your catholic school when you allow more than unsportsmanlike behavior, you allow your students to taunt with racism. Like and share this post
In her post, she tagged at least 20 news agencies. ABC 7 Chicago paid attention and helped spread the news of the incident.
While both schools failed to comment right after the event, they have since stated that the shameful situation is being investigated. Bishop Donald J. Hying of the Diocese of Gary, which runs both schools, said “Any actions or words that can be perceived as racist or derogatory to others are antithetical to the Christian faith and will not be tolerated in any of our institutions. It was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind that such actions would be happening at a gathering of two of our Catholic high schools. This is not what we teach our students.”
The whole event has made national news and Howard’s comments have garnered thousands of shares since. “I’m glad it has caught on because it is forcing people to talk about it,” she said.
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