Instead of booing the competition, some students from Texas chanted “Build that wall” and toted “Trump/Pence” signs during a high school volleyball game. All because a majority of Hispanic players make up the Fort Hancock ISD volleyball team.
A student’s Facebook post depicts several Archer City students wearing wigs and displaying a Donald trump campaign sign while passionately chanting. According to the Texas Education Administration, roughly 86 percent of the 482 Archer City’s students are white. At the same time, out of the 440 students that take up classes at Fort Hancock, nearly 98% are Hispanic.
What Do Students Have to Say About This?
While most of them are keeping a low profile, Carlos Urias of Fort Hancock takes up action through social media. He goes on to describe the actions of Archer City ISD’s high school volleyball team fans.
“The fans started chanting BUILD THAT WALL directing at the Fort Hancock team and followers”, says Carlos.
Later on, he condemns their actions through yet another post via Facebook. “No doubt in my mind that this sentiment has always existed with groups of people but to display it so openly is not correct”, reads one of his Facebook posts.
During the President-elect campaign rally, the chant became a regular occurrence. Mainly because Donald Trump promises to build a wall along the southern border, once he claims the Oval Office.
Racially Charged Chant Impacts the High School Volleyball Game
Because of the chant, Jose Franco had a hard time bringing his player’s spirit back up, in spite of his continuous cheering. The experience left a sour taste in his mouth mainly because of “the ignorant people who judge others by the color of their skin.
Moreover, he still has a hard time believing that no parents present at the high school volleyball game stood up for the students.
What is the Teachers’ response?
Archer City officials acknowledge the offensive behavior and language of the students. Furthermore, they vow to take action against misbehaving students.
The post starts with the teachers’ disapproval, reading “in no way do we condone this type of language or behavior”. Consequently, they go on to apologize to the Fort Hancock high school volleyball team and students. The post ends on a humble note with the teachers apologizing to the Hispanic students. Furthermore, they reassure the Fort Hancock community that the incident will not repeat itself in the future under any circumstance.
Ultimately, Jose Franco, the border town’s superintendent accepts the apology from Archie City high school officials. However, he gives voice to his disappointment as no parents stepped in during the high school volleyball game.
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