Camas junior varsity baseball team accused of using racist words during game

All Camas junior varsity baseball video games are suspended pending the result of an ongoing investigation.

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The Camas High School junior varsity (JV) baseball team is underneath investigation for allegedly using racist words and actions. The investigation stems from a game between the Camas JV team and Skyview High School’s JV team at Camas on April 20.

During that game, witnesses alleged that some Camas JV gamers made racist feedback and noises. In a letter despatched to oldsters final week, Camas High School (CHS) Athletic Director Rory Oster and CHS Principal Tom Morris stated Camas is working with Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) to find out what occurred during the game.

“Harassment, intimidation, and bullying, together with racial slurs, should not tolerated in our college neighborhood,” they wrote. “We will work to be sure that we get to the underside of this, together with assigning self-discipline as applicable. Our objective is to be sure that studying occurs for our college students and that restore and restoration are made to these harmed.”

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An up to date memo launched on Monday stated all Camas JV baseball video games have been suspended pending the result of the investigation.

“It begins on the dwelling. It’s unacceptable,” stated Rory Spanier, whose son performs on the Skyview varsity baseball team. 

While Skyview’s JV game was rained out on Monday, Skyview’s varsity team performed Battle Ground in a game relocated to Propstra Stadium in Vancouver. Before the game, each groups shared a second of solidarity for Skyview’s JV team. Spanier stated he was ready to face Camas High School’s varsity team, which isn’t concerned within the investigation, following Wednesday’s alleged incident with the JV team.

“They lastly canceled the game, however we have been ready,” stated Spanier. “We printed up some anti-racism indicators to take the game and stand in solidarity with our gamers.”

On Monday, Skyview baseball coach Seth Johnson posted a statement on Twitter, calling it his private view about what he believes is true. His assertion stated, partly, “Over the previous few days with my interactions with Camas, at occasions I’ve not felt snug with the place the investigation was heading. They have taken a stance that quite a few words overheard by some Skyview gamers solely rhymed with the n-word and the ape sounds coming from their dugout all through the game have been as an alternative seal noises.”

Johnson added that with their words and actions, the gamers concerned lacked situational consciousness and empathy relating to a Black participant on his team and Black folks typically. Spanier stated he agreed with that.

“I hope that whomever is accountable is held accountable,” stated Spanier. “I hope that the investigation is taken very severely as a result of that is the second time at that top faculty on this calendar 12 months that one thing alongside these traces has occurred.”

In December, the Benson High School ladies basketball coach accused the Camas student section of yelling racial slurs at his gamers during a game in Camas. An outdoors investigation by VPS decided it was seemingly that inappropriate language was used, however could not verify if racial slurs have been used or which college students have been concerned.

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