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West Des Moines student council apologizes for wearing USA clothing to basketball game

DES MOINES – The student council at the West Des Moines High School has apologized for wearing USA clothing to a basketball game and offending the rival school.

Reportedly, West Des Moines Valley High School played North High School a basketball game this week. At the game, the Valley student section wore USA apparel and clothing – red, white and blue, instead of the team colors orange and black. They also waved American flags. According to WHOTV, the North basketball team is “filled with players who come from refugee families”.

Allegedly, there were some other chants of “deport them” and “USA, USA, USA”.

In the wake of the state tournament game (which was won by Valley and was reportedly a great ball game) and incident, some people were offended. This led to a response from the Valley student council:

The following statement was written by our student council leadership and hand delivered to North High School today.

To the Students and Staff of North High School:

It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.

Congratulations on a wonderful season and we wish you nothing but the best of luck in the future.

Sincerely,
Valley High School Student Council Leadership

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One Des Moines resident who attended the game wrote via social media “Funny how valley thought it was the patriotic colors that offended people an not the fact that the students wearing them where chanting ‘deport them'”.

Another person said “They continue to cover up the core issue and it will only perpetuate the hate.”

Yet another wrote “Shame on your student section for the behavior at the State Basketball game against North High School tonight. Waving an American flag shouting USA at the North team! Those North player /students athletes who are immigrants have more class then your immature rich kids will ever have.”

However, some didn’t feel that the Valley students did anything wrong.

One man said “We are almost smack dab in the middle of The United States of America……..STOP ALREADY!!!!!” while a woman said “Are you kidding me. This “apology” offends me!”

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