The Donald Trump phenomenon has befuddled many, even after his big wins on Super Tuesday. His influence has trickled all the way down to Indiana High School students (see what the dangers of the trickle-down theory are?).
Students of Andrean High School, a Catholic school in Merrillville, Indiana, a Chicago suburb, chanted “build a wall” and held up a fathead of Donald Trump at Hispanic opponents during a recent basketball game.
The opponents were from Bishop Noll High School, a heavily Hispanic school from nearby Hammond, and they chanted back at the Andrean students, “you’re racist”, according to a local newspaper.
Diocese of Gary Bishop Donald J. Hying is none too pleased with the students’ feeble attempt at humor/distracting their opponents.
“Any actions or words that can be perceived as racist or derogatory to others are antithetical to the Christian faith and will not be tolerated in any of our institutions,” he said.
Andrean High principal Rick Piwowarksi said his school would, “ensure that all of our students and staff understand their obligations of responsibility, acceptance and sportsmanship. We have, and continue to have, high expectations for all members of our school community.”
Sadly, this is not the first time high school students around the country thought they were clever by invoking the GOP frontrunner’s racism. Students from a largely white Des Moines, Iowa school chanted Trump’s name after their basketball team beat the team of a school that was more diverse.
Lesson learned: High school students don’t know any better and can’t actually tell what is funny and distracting. If they need a lesson, look to what Arizona State has been doing.
That’s how you do it. Though the Bishop Noll students could have easily rebuffed with #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain. That would have worked too.