A highschool has come underneath fireplace over a video proven throughout a pep rally which contained “blatant racial overtones” towards Native Americans.
According to stories, the clip in query reveals one feminine scholar at Valier High School in Montana appearing out being killed whereas carrying a crimson skirt, much like that related to the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) motion.
Other college students will also be heard laughing within the video, sparking accusations they had been mocking indigenous folks.
The video was made by college students and performed on the pep rally forward of a homecoming soccer sport on Friday, October 4, towards Heart Butte Warriors, a group from a faculty that’s attended largely by American Indian college students.
“We strive to provide a very well-rounded education to our students that is infused with solid instruction and Pikuni culture,” a message on the varsity’s website reads.
Heart Butte college board member Nichole Aimsback, a Blackfeet Reservation member whose granddaughter goes to Heart Butte, mentioned she “just couldn’t believe” what she noticed within the video.
“Especially when I viewed it and I saw the girl with the red skirt, the one that was being murdered. And MMIW, there were all kinds of things going on about that this past weekend and it just totally shocked me,” Aimsback told KRTV.
In the wake of the outcry, Heart Butte Public Schools postponed a volleyball sport towards Valier High School which was scheduled set to happen on Monday.
“It was in the best interest of our kids to not play the game tonight,” Jody Aimsback, athletic director for Heart Butte Public Schools, informed the Great Falls Tribune. “Things still could be a little heated.”
In an announcement, Julie Gaffney, superintendent of the Valier Public School District, confirmed that the video was created by college students “as a means of inspiring enthusiasm” for the homecoming sport.
“Each class picked a holiday theme and created a video to be shown at the assembly,” Gaffney added.
“A portion of one of many movies was shared on social media. I perceive there are issues with one of many movies, with the vacation theme based mostly on the Fourth of July and its illustration of Native Americans. Circumstances of the video are underneath evaluation and all issues are being taken severely.
“My main concern is the nicely being of our college students and employees and I’d prefer to ask everybody to attend till the information are revealed earlier than drawing your conclusions.”
In a separate assertion, Heart Butte superintendent Mike Tatsey condemned the “utterly inappropriate content material” depicted within the video.
“It is disappointing that the educators chargeable for supervising these college students didn’t acknowledge the blatant racial overtones and instruct the scholars correctly,” he added.