Indiana Catholic School Fans Taunt Latino Players with Racists Chants
Indiana Catholic School fans are being accused of yelling racist chants at their predominately Latino rival basketball team.
Fans of an Indiana Catholic school are being accused of yelling racist chants at an opposing team who were predominately Latino. Andrean High School is a $8,600 a year private Catholic school in Indiana. The school was facing their rivals, Bishop Noll Institute, in a basketball game when fans showed up with racist signs.
The signs had a giant picture of Donald Trump's face, while others had "ESPN Deportes" on them. Some kids also were wearing clothes with American flags on them. The group also started chanting "Build a wall, build a wall," at the mostly Latino team. In response to the signs and chants, Bishop Null fans chanted "You're a racist."
Ashley Howard was a fan in attendance who took photos and talked to ABC-7 in Chicago about the game.
"I understand they're kids, you expect them to make mistakes. Maybe they didn't know how far to push the envelope because they are rival schools, but that's what the administration is for and that's where the administration is supposed to step in and say, 'hey kids, that's not ok.'"
Fans of Andrean said that their signs were only in a joking matter and they didn't think there was any animosity between the two schools. One parent even said that there was hugging between the two team's fans.
The Bishop Noll Catholic School released statement regarding the controversy:
"The accusations being leveled against Andrean are being taken very seriously by Bishop Noll Institute ... This is a teachable moment for everyone about responsible speech, social media, and sportsmanship. Perhaps last night's incident was an unfortunate byproduct of irresponsible speech in today's political arena."
Both basketball teams were interviewed and neither said that they heard the chants. They said they were more focused on the game and winning.