Fight Breaks Out After Students See What Mascot Is Doing At Football Game

A fight broke out at a high school football game recently, and it was about much more than just a sporting rivalry.

Nick Dawkins, a high school principal from Denver, has slammed Weld Central High School’s football team after they carried a Confederate flag to the field and began racially taunting students from his school, Manual High School. However, since the principal made his claims, administration officials from Weld Central High School have denied the accusations and publicly stated that the event, an important game between the Manual Thunderbolts and Weld Central Rebels, was free of disruptions.

The confronting story began when Mr. Dawkins sent a school-wide email to the parents of students at Manual High School. “Last night, the Weld Central High School team, which has a Rebel mascot, displayed a Confederate flag during the first quarter of the game, offending many members of the Manual community,” wrote Mr. Dawkins, adding: “We asked them to remove the flag and they did so.”

As outrage swept through the parent body, school officials from Weld Central responded to the claims. Scott Richardson, the athletics director at Weld County, talked to 7News Denver about the controversy, emphasizing that he hadn’t seen a flag and was surprised by the news as Confederate flags were not allowed at Denver sporting events.

“I didn't see any Confederate flags, and I asked the coaches and they said they didn't see any flags," said Richardson. “If we did see it we would have asked our fans to put it away because we banned the flags.” KDVR, an affiliate station of Fox, also issued a report, citing sources from both schools who have cast doubt on Mr. Dawkins’ accusations.

The game itself – a win for the Rebels – was a bitter affair and several Manual team members reported that opposing players were saying racial insults during tackles on field. By the end of the game, three players from Manual High School had to be treated for minor injuries.

“I spoke with one of the team’s coaches at the game and am following up with their high school principal,” said Mr. Dawkins in the email. “Out superintendent, Tom Boasberg, and our Board of Education have been notified and Supt. Boasberg is reaching out to the Weld County superintendents to express our concerns that such symbols of racism and hatred, and racial slurs, ought to have no place in athletics or any part of our students’ experiences.”

Earlier this year, the Weld Central Rebels came under fire for having a Confederate Soldier as a mascot. A petition for the replacement of the mascot was ultimately unsuccessful, leaving local activists enflamed. Emma Locke, left a message on the petition after its failure, writing: “Regardless of the reason why a school started 100 years after the Civil War in Colorado would choose to use Confederate symbols for a mascot, it's disrespectful to people of color and aggrandizes a movement that is abhorrent.”

Nevertheless, many people across Colorado continue to oppose the politicizing and degrading of American’s Confederate heritage. Stan Roskop, an alumnus of Weld Central High School, shared his own misgivings on Facebook, writing: “Growing up here and still living in the area not once did I ever associate the Rebel mascot with anything other than a symbol of unity, of a band of brothers and sisters united together toward a common goal.”

Source: Daily Mail
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