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White Students Turn Their Backs and Hold ‘Trump’ Sign Against Opposing Black Basketball Team

The Missouri school district where the incident took place has since apologized.
White Students Turn Their Backs and Hold ‘Trump’ Sign Against Opposing Black Basketball Team

The racially motivated incidents prompted by Donald Trump’s election continue to play out — even in a space as safe as a high school gym.

The most recent incident took place earlier this week at a basketball game when a group of white students in Missouri turned their backs and waved a Donald Trump sign at the predominately black opposing basketball team before the start of a game, the Huffington Post reports.

The incident took place at Warrensburg High School just before players from Center High School were introduced. 

According to NBC, “video of the incident showed at least 20 students — many dressed in overalls, cowboy hats and camouflage — turning their backs to the basketball court. One person is seen waving a Trump/Pence campaign sign.”

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“Members of our student body acted inappropriately and were insensitive toward our opponents,” the district said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Warrensburg R-VI School District does not condone these actions and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the actions of these students. We will do everything we can to keep incidents like this from happening again.”

Though the district apologized, the Warrensburg Superintendent Scott Patrick has denied it was a racially motivated incident, telling NBC News “one of our students who held the Trump/Pence sign probably didn’t think of the ramifications of what they were doing.”