Issaquah High School administrators say they’ve disciplined a “handful” of students who are responsible for series of racist social media messages aimed at Garfield High School basketball players.
Seattle Police report 10 pages of messages on Twitter and Facebook that include derogatory remarks about African Americans. The users who originally posted the message have since been removed from those sites.
According to the police report, filed by the Garfield High resource officer, the messages crossed the line from trash talk to hate speech.
The remarks were posted after an intense match up between Issaquah and Garfield boys basketball teams on February 21. Issaquah handed the Bulldogs their first and only loss of the season.
Issaquah High School principal Andrea McCormick says she is disappointed, and has posted an apology on the district’s website.
“This is good for us to use this opportunity to have a dialogue about appropriate use of the internet and hate speech,” she said. “We need to repair our relationship with Garfield, as well as just learn as a school.”
The teams are set to meet again at the state basketball tournament in a semi-final game. Additional police officers and administrators are expected to be on hand in the event there is violence.