Racial Taunts Heard at High School Basketball Game

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A high school basketball game in which students yelled racial slurs at black players from the visiting team is drawing outrage from parents and school officials, including one who called the incident “despicable.”

The parents of Overland High School students in Aurora say every time a black player stepped to the foul line, more than two dozen Mullen High School students greeted them with chants of “marshmallow,” “shrimp boat,” and “buckwheat.”

Mullen High School Principal Greg Gotchey says the private Catholic school is addressing what happened at Wednesday night’s game with a school assembly Tuesday.

He says both times he heard the “buckwheat” chant he immediately ordered the students to stop.

Overland won the game 62-55.

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