A California high school basketball game ended with college students from one school erupting right into a chant of “The place’s your passport?” because the opposing crew’s principal angrily confronts them.
The mantra erupted on the conclusion of the competition between St. Joseph High School, a non-public school, and Righetti High, a public school situated throughout the road in Santa Maria, in accordance with the Santa Maria Occasions.
Supporters from Righetti High, the visiting crew who misplaced 74-57, began the taunt in the ultimate seconds of the game, in accordance with video captured by the paper’s sports activities editor and posted to Twitter.
Regardless of the phrases from Righetti High college students, St. Joseph basketball coach Tom Mott informed the paper he felt the mantra from the rival followers was not racially motivated.
“I truthfully assume they had been unaware they mentioned a racist factor,” Mott mentioned. “They didn’t intend for it to be racist.”
Three gamers on St. Joseph’s are from Puerto Rico — a US territory — and one is from France, the report mentioned.
Mott did say, nonetheless, that “it’s simply unhappy that children who’re 15, 16, or 17 years outdated are referred to as out for what they appear like or the place they’re from.”
Erinn Dougherty, the St. Joseph’s principal who stormed over to sentence the Righetti High scholar part after the game ended, referred to the mantra as “racially charged rhetoric,” however mentioned she didn’t really feel the scholars realized “what they had been saying.”
“Simply because I can’t enable sure xenophobic statements to be made at my campus and I don’t need racially charged rhetoric right here, doesn’t imply that I don’t love and respect the scholars of this complete group,” Dougherty informed the Santa Maria Occasions.
“Not simply the St. Joe college students however the entire group. I believe they had been good youngsters who didn’t notice what they had been saying.”
Dougherty additionally expressed remorse for a way she reacted.
“I’ve made errors and I most likely made a mistake charging over there,” she mentioned.
“All I can say is that I needed that I hadn’t scolded one other administrator’s college students. Clearly, that had upset him, however I used to be in the mode of taking good care of youngsters.”