The Idalou school district in Texas is apologizing for some of its fans who chanted "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A" at a basketball game during a win over the Slaton Tigers on Tuesday night.
While there was no racial element in the chant, Idalou Superintendent Jim Waller sent an email apology to Slaton Superintendent Julee Becker (video below).
"The chant USA should be for all of us, it should be inclusive. We are making other people aware of what that behavior by just a few, what impact it had on us, us as a tiger nation and family," Becker told My Fox Lubbock.
“I believe that we are a microcosm in schools of greater society,” Becker told LubbockOnline.com. “That’s what we are. The symptoms of racism, they run deep.”
According to LubbockOnline.com, Waller wrote in his email: “I apologize to Slaton ISD and the chanting will not be allowed to continue at games because of the perception that it creates. We understand competitiveness and school excitement and support, but we need to be supportive in our words to our team and not use words that may be interpreted as insensitive to an opposing team.”
Slaton coach Dustin Klafka was apparently unaware of the chants.
“I’m coaching a basketball game,” said Klafka. “So, what’s going on in the stands, chants and people hollering at me or at our kids, I’m engaged in a basketball game.”
Becker claimed that Slaton students and community "deserve to know that we won’t let it go. We don’t tolerate racism in our schools. We’re all USA All of us are.”