Shocking video shows California high school football players hold ‘deeply offensive’ mock slave auction of three of their black teammates prompting school to cancel the rest of their season
- A video of the incident showed the high schoolers mock auctioning three of their undressed black teammates during an offensive locker room stunt
- ‘It is unacceptable and requires us to look honestly and deeply at issues of systemic racism,’ said the school superintendent
- River Valley High School’s football team has cancelled the rest of its season
- The players in the video have been suspended and may face further disciplinary action
A California high school football team has canceled the rest of its season after video emerged of some of its players running a mock slave auction featuring several of their black teammates.
The shocking video showed members of River Valley High School’s football team in Yuba City carrying out the locker-room frat-boy-esque stunt, which featured three black team members in their underwear being screamed at by their teammates in the locker room.
In a written statement delivered to CNN, Yuba City Unified School District Superintendent Doreen Osumi called the behavior of the boys, ‘deeply offensive and disgraceful.’
‘The recording clearly demonstrates that this situation was orchestrated and organized, which underscores my concern that students spent time contemplating this terrible act without the slightest regard that this action is hateful and hurtful,’ she said.
‘They may have thought this skit was funny but it is not; it is unacceptable and requires us to look honestly and deeply at issues of systemic racism.
‘Re-enacting a slave sale as a prank tells us that we have a great deal of work to do with our students so they can distinguish between intent and impact.
‘When students find humor in something that is so deeply offensive, it tells me that we have an opportunity to help them expand their mindset to be more aware, thoughtful and considerate of others,’ she added.
The team members identified in the ‘unfortunate and extremely distressing incident’ video were immediately suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the school’s student-athlete code of conduct and may face additional disciplinary consequences.
Members of the River Valley High School football team in Yuba City, California staged a mock slave auction featuring several of their black teammates
Members of the team who participated in the offensive joke were immediately suspended and the team’s season was subsequently cut short because they no longer have enough players to compete in league games
The school’s superintendent Doreen Osumi said the district is working to ‘identify lessons and programs to help our student body learn from this situation’
Yuba City Unified School District Superintendent Doreen Osumi slammed the stunt as ‘deeply offensive and disgraceful’ in a statement seen by CNN
The players’ suspension means that the football team no longer has enough team members to compete in their league and have had to forfeit the remainder of the season.
Osumi further added that the school will work to implement ‘education, honest, open discussions and instruction’ about racism.
‘At this time, the District and site administration are working in earnest to identify lessons and programs to help our student body learn from this situation,’ she said.
Yuba City, California is located about 45 minutes outside of the state’s capital, Sacramento.
Comments on the Instagram video of the team express surprise that the boys opted to post the video online.
‘Even if they were joking like wtf made them think it was going to go any other way when they posted it,’ wrote one user with the handle @young_nizzy_beatzz.
Other commenters wondered why the black team members would agree to participate in the gag.
‘It’s weird that the black guys would even entertain that,’ wrote one user.
‘I’m just trying [to] figure out what made them young brothers participate in this offensive disrespectful behavior.’
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