Eastern WA school district investigating racist conduct at girls basketball game

CONNELL, Wash. — The North Franklin School District is investigating racist conduct at a recent girls basketball game, at which fans were seen and heard making monkey sounds and gestures at Black players from Zillah High School.

The video from Saturday’s game is making the rounds on social media and is the subject of several social media posts.

In a post on Facebook, the North Franklin School District said it has been investigating “allegations of racist remarks.”

“The North Franklin Athletic Director was made aware of inappropriate remarks and gestures from Connell students in the bleachers,” the post said. The school district said it began an immediate investigation “including interviews, gathering of statements, and review of game film and social media.”

On its own Facebook page, Connell High School posted that no students will be allowed at games until the investigation is complete.

“Any show of racism is inexcusable and will not be tolerated in our district,” said NFSD Superintendent Jim Jacobs. “We take these allegations seriously and, while we are unable to share disciplinary details due to privacy laws, we will assure appropriate consequences are administered.”

The Zillah School district also released a statement in which they said they are working with the Connell School District in their investigation.

“As a district, it is our priority to support the students and families of those involved and to ensure that our schools and classrooms are places where students know that they are valued, respected and accepted each and every day. Our high school administrative team and counseling staff are available to support students who have been negatively impacted by these recent events,” said Superintendent Doug Burge.