Students at Valley High School in Iowa were forced to apologize for 'offending' members of Des Moines North High by wearing red, white and blue colours to a basketball game.
According to Fox News, some of the rival school's players were from refugee families and that apparently made the patriotic colours offensive.
Morgan Wheat, an assistant coach at Des Moines North told WHOTV, “Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think, ‘What the hell are these kids thinking?'”
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Student leaders at Valley High School kowtowed and offered an apology letter to Des Moines North. The letter said, “It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way.”
The letter then defended the decision. “We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean – just to support our own team in a way we have done before.”
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The Des Moines North coach doesn't think it's fair to assume the students were trying to make a political statement. “I don't want to judge those young people not knowing their motives. ... We're proud of our diversity at North High School -- not only on our basketball team, but our population,” Chad Ryan said.
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