Katy ISD investigating racist noises made at volleyball match

“They were making monkey sounds when our girls were serving,” mentioned a father or mother of one of many gamers

KATY, Texas — Two Katy ISD excessive colleges are at the middle of an investigation after racially insensitive noises had been caught on digicam at a volleyball match on Friday.

It occurred throughout a ladies varsity volleyball match at Jordan High School, which was internet hosting rival Paetow.

Lakeesha Adams’s 16-year-old daughter, Devan, is on the Paetow group.

“She’s been playing five years,” Adams mentioned.  “And she plays competitive level as well as club level.”

Adams mentioned they’ve by no means encountered what occurred throughout the match in opposition to Jordan.

“We simply began listening to a noise and we had been like, ‘What is that?'” Adams mentioned.

That turned out to be one thing racially insensitive coming from the place she instructed us Jordan college students had been seated.

“It was a little faint at first and then got louder,” Adams mentioned.  “And that’s when we started to record it. And they were making monkey sounds when our girls were serving.”

A pupil who information matches for the Paetow group reacted because the digicam rolled.

“Why are they making monkey sounds?” the scholar mentioned within the video.

“That’s indicative of racism,” Adams mentioned.

Katy ISD shared an e-mail despatched to Paetow households after Adams’ video was seen hundreds of occasions on social media.

It known as the conduct inappropriate and never according to the values of the district, which is dedicated to an inclusive surroundings. There’s no data on if Jordan directors have recognized any college students concerned.

Meantime, Adams believes the match Paetow ended up dropping must be performed once more with out interference.

“I’ll be trustworthy with you, I believe that recreation must be forfeited and put right into a impartial location,” Adams mentioned.

Adams added that her daughter and teammates had been embarrassed and humiliated by the incident which has similarities to others throughout Texas and the nation not too long ago.

Katy ISD has despatched two emails to Paetow High School mother and father, guardians and employees. 

“Dear Paetow High School Parents/Guardians and Staff,

This weekend we shared with you that the District and campus administration had launched an investigation into an incident that occurred at the Paetow High School versus Jordan High School volleyball recreation final Friday. The incident concerned inappropriate behaviors exhibited by people in attendance at the sport.

An investigation has recognized some college students engaged in behaviors that aren’t aligned with the District’s and the UIL’s expectations for sportsmanship conduct throughout an athletic occasion. Any pupil’s conduct deemed in violation of the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct will face disciplinary penalties.

Again, the protection of all Katy ISD college students is our District’s utmost precedence. Students, employees and group play an necessary function in maintaining our faculty secure by reporting potential issues of safety. We want to thank those that got here ahead to report the priority to highschool and District personnel.

Thank you on your persistence and understanding because the incident was investigated.

September 5, 2022

“Dear Paetow High School Parents/Guardians and Staff,

“District and campus administration have been made conscious of inappropriate behaviors exhibited by people attending the Paetow High School versus Jordan High School volleyball recreation this previous Friday, and the next movies circulating on social media.

“We want you to know that campus and district administrators are investigating. The behaviors exhibited in the video footage viewed are not in line with the values of our District.

“Both the bodily security and well-being of all Katy ISD college students is our District’s utmost precedence. We are dedicated in coverage, precept and follow to sustaining a faculty surroundings that’s inclusive and prohibits inappropriate behaviors.

“Your patience is appreciated as this matter is investigated and addressed.

“In the meantime, ought to you’ve gotten questions or data to offer regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

Katy ISD”

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