School Official Apologizes After Racially Motivated ‘Trump!’ Chants at Basketball Game

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School officials at a Hartford, CT high school apologized after a group of students started racially motivated “Trump!” chants directed at the opposing team during a basketball game earlier this week.

The Hartford Courant reports that Canton High School’s principal apologized after, according to the article, “about seven or eight students” struck up the chant as the opposing team, Classical Magnet, was shooting free throws.

Per an Associated Press report, Canton High is approximately 84 percent white, while Classical Magnet’s student body is approximately 69 percent African American or Latino. The Courant‘s report cited Classical Magnet supporters in attendance who said the chants extended through various parts the game, not just while Classical Magnet was at the line. They said there was also Trump campaign signage and apparel.

“The actions were disrespectful to the opposing team and this does not reflect of the entire Canton community,” said Canton board of education chairperson Julie Ausere, according to the Courant. “Any divisive or mean-spirited behavior goes against our board of education values of collaboration, kindness and integrity.”

Sports Illustrated reports that similar incidents have taken place since Donald Trump’s campaign began at school sporting events in places including Texas, Indiana, and another Connecticut area, Wilton.

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