Actions at state hoops finals cause schools to retreat

Originally Published: May 10, 2007
Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. -- A group of students from three schools met to discuss actions at a state basketball championship game, during which racial slurs and taunts were aimed at students from Portland.

About 35 students from North Eugene, Churchill and Portland's Roosevelt high schools held a daylong retreat closed to the media at Salem's Chemeketa Community College.

The retreat was called after Roosevelt High School students and staff members said they were subject to racial comments by unidentified fans and students from Churchill High School and North Eugene High School at the Class 5A state championships at McArthur Court in March.

Two investigations, including one commissioned by the Oregon School Activities Association, backed the claims.

Eugene district Curriculum Coordinator Sam Tupou, who leads a program to help North Eugene and Churchill address diversity, said students from all sides apologized to each other.

Then they spent the rest of the day discussing racism and stereotypes.

"We're going to go back and spread the word," said Churchill junior Rachel Siamon. "That's how we're really going to get this started."

The OSAA earlier this week voted to create a committee to address discrimination and sportsmanship.


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