Students Hold Up ‘White Power’ Signs During Basketball Game Against Mostly-Black High School
A racial incident at a high school basketball game in Lewisville, Texas, last Friday night has sparked outrage among parents, students, and school officials.
WFAA reports that during a game between the mostly-white Flower Mound High School and mostly-black Plano East High, students supporting the home team held up signs saying “White Power.”
WFAA spoke to one Plano East player, who asked that his name not be used, that said, “We thought it was racist. It said ‘white power,’ and we were shocked.”
Plano East parent Deanna Thompson told the station, “It’s just so sad that kids have to take it to that level.”
People who attended the game said that the students held the signs up for about 30 seconds before school officials intervened – but not before the images were shared on social media.
After the game, Flower Mound coach Eric Littleton slammed the students’ actions, tweeting, “Unacceptable. As head coach at FMHS I offer our full voice apology. I will pursue this fully. No place for this.”
A Flower Mound student defended the actions to WFAA, however, claiming that the word “white” was in reference to the team’s uniform colors.
That student also denied other reports that students from Flower Mound urinated and defecated on the Plano East team bus.
The incident is now being investigated by the Lewisville Independent School District.
Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers gave a statement on Tuesday, saying, “The investigation of this occurrence is still underway, and we fully intend to act on our findings. We regret that this unfortunate event has been elevated to this level on so many social media circles.”