Wisconsin boys high school playoff game marred with allegations of racism, antisemitism: ‘This is 2023’
A Wisconsin high school boys basketball playoff game was marred by accusations of racism and anti-Semitism last week, according to parents of one of the team’s players.
Beloit Memorial High School played Muskego High School in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 1 regional semifinals.
Beloit Memorial players found drawings of the swastika, the N-word and the word ‘monkey’ on top of their lockers. on FOX 6. Parents also recorded Muskego students wearing black face masks and tank tops, allegedly trying to impersonate a black person.
“It’s 2023. They were chanting the N-word and ‘monkey,’ and they were making monkey sounds,” Tanya Carl, parent of a Beloit Memorial basketball player, told the station.
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According to the Beloit Daily News, other Beloit parents alleged that Muskego fans were pretending to smoke “blunt” cigarettes. Spectators told the paper that some fans were ejected from the game.
The Muskego-Norway School District released a statement Sunday on the incident.
“On Friday night, Muskego High School hosted a contest against Beloit Memorial High School. After the conclusion of the game, the MHS administration received an email from Beloit Memorial’s athletic director regarding the subject of the student section and dust. “Indicates concerns about racial imagery found on top of gymnasium lockers. We are deeply disappointed and saddened by the information shared,” the statement posted on Facebook read.
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“Student safety is our number one priority and we work to ensure that students have a positive and rewarding experience while competing in a safe environment. We take these types of allegations very seriously and in cooperation with the Muskego Police Department An immediate investigation has begun. An active investigation is ongoing and will include working with Beloit administrators, interviewing students, reviewing recorded incidents and assessing the school environment. Consequences for inappropriate actions will be immediate.
“We sincerely apologize for any behavior that occurred that evening that did not represent the values of Muskego High School or the Muskego-Norway community. Additionally, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to improving processes that meet expectations.” will ensure our commitment to providing an environment that belongs to our community and demonstrates respect for others.”
The WIAA has published rules for the sport on its website.
“Interscholastic athletics must be maintained on an ethical and educational platform. Each student-athlete must be able to participate in an environment of respect, free from danger, fear, intimidation and harassment,” the rules read in part. has been read
“Harassment is conduct aimed at a person’s sex, race, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability that substantially affects a student’s school performance. interferes with or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment. Harassment may be verbal, nonverbal, or physical actions during athletic events.”
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Kevin Zimmerman, a member of the Muskego-Norway school board, told TMJ4 that the investigation will drop “harsh discipline” after parents’ reports are confirmed.