February 16, 2022
Robbinsdale Area Schools was disheartened to learn that last night the girls basketball team for Cooper High School was subjected to racist taunts from some members of the crowd.
The game took place at the New Prague High School. According to several accounts, some spectators made monkey sounds directed at the Cooper team. Monkey chants have long been used during sporting events to ridicule African American athletes.
“This type of behavior is abhorrent and unsportsmanlike,” said David Engstrom, Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools. “It is cruel to use racial taunts toward anyone – especially students.”
Robbinsdale Area Schools stands with, and supports, our student athletes. We are proud of the way our students handled themselves amidst this display of ignorance.
Cooper High School took several steps today to support our athletes, coaches, students and staff.
Players and coaches met after school today to offer support to each other as they processed what occurred. Cooper’s athletic director has had conversations with New Prague’s athletic director while news of this incident was unfolding and then investigated by that district.
Cooper Principal Frank Herman met with the Student Council Leadership and invited students to a forum so they could discuss what happened. He offered additional support through conversations with building staff and an after-school staff meeting to discuss this incident and other topics.
Robbinsdale Area Schools embrace the rich and wonderful diversity of our student body.