November 09, 2017 03:22 PM
Two students connected to a Champlin Park High School controversy over an alleged racially-charged social media post are volleyball players who have been suspended for the first match of the state high school tournament, according to an attorney who represents the students.
Attorney Phil Villaume said the players were suspended for the first match of the tournament. Following a loss in the opening round Thursday, the players intend to play in the team's next contest, a consolation match against Stillwater Friday morning. Villaume said the district arranged to have a police officer escort the student-athletes at the tournament as a safety precaution.
The attorney said the incident stemmed from a video in which one of the student-athletes was singing along to a song that contained a "derivation of the n-word, and she sang along with the song, and it was videotaped and then put online." He said he believed the post had been taken down.
"The parents and students are strongly against racism of any kind," Villaume said. "There was no intent to harm, here, it was a mistake. But the students have admitted and apologized profusely to the offended individuals and are hoping that will be the end of it."
Champlin Park officials have said recent racially-charged incidents on social media have involved six students, some of whom are student-athletes. The officials, citing student privacy, did not confirm what, if any, discipline had been handed down. Villaume said any incident after the alleged video post did not involve the two volleyball players.
On Wednesday, when hundreds of students organized a non-violent protest to address what they said were recent examples of racially-charged incidents, school officials confirmed a racist message was discovered written on a bathroom wall.
A statement from the school to parents in regard to the alleged social media post read, in part:
"Administration was made aware of student behavior that was shared on social media that does not reflect the core values of our school and district, and expectations for all students in our community."
Updated: November 09, 2017 03:22 PM
Created: November 09, 2017 12:11 PM
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