Warrensburg High School in Missouri issued an apology for some of its (white) students who held up a "Trump/Pence" campaign sign and turned their backs on a visiting boys (black/biracial) basketball team from Center High School on Dec. 12 (video below).
"There will be consequences for those students," Warrensburg superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick told KSHB.
"Where it went over the line is when they held up the [Trump] sign," Patrick added. "There’s no reason for that to occur at a basketball game, so they just took it too far and it was insensitive and not appropriate."
Center graduate Antonia Nunn, who filmed the incident and posted it to Facebook, where it went viral, told the news station: "I was like, 'Wow. You guys are playing an all-black basketball team and you’re all white and it’s just, you turned around, hold up a Trump sign.' And I thought it was very racist."
Patrick called the Center School District to apologize, and issued an apology statement on Dec. 13.
"The Warrensburg R-VI School District does not condone these actions and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the actions of these students," the statement read. "We will do everything in our power to rectify this situation and keep events like this from happening in the future."
Center coach LeDale Wooten said: "My focus was on the basketball game and my guys. I didn’t notice anything. Our focus is on basketball and basketball only. Everything else is irrelevant," according to the Kansas City Star.
"I think it was just an inappropriate action of students at the time," Patrick told KMBC.
"That was just uncalled for and not needed," Gunner Joyner, a Warrensburg senior, said. "It’s not the reflection of everyone in the school."
The girls varsity basketball teams from both schools played on Dec. 14, and several Warrensburg supporters clapped for Central.
"So now it’s just a matter of making it a teaching point and a learning lesson," Patrick said.