A Wisconsin high school has cancelled all homecoming activities after a video of its students mocking Native American culture was uploaded online.
According to CBS 58, the skit was performed at Clintonville High School where it shows students mocking a traditional Native American dance. The video has received negative backlash from local tribes leading up to the cancellation of homecoming events scheduled for Friday, October 4th.
A statement was released by the school district condemning the acts performed in the video.
“The Clintonville Public School District is aware of and apologizes for a very unfortunate event that occurred on October 3rd, at Clintonville High School. During a lunchtime homecoming dance off, Non-American Indian students wrongfully created a disrespectful mockery of American Indian culture by imitating and misrepresenting an American Indian dance. The specific dance was not school approved nor sanctioned by the school or any District employee. Immediate initial action steps have been taken, including the cancellation of all Friday homecoming events. Clintonville Public School District does not support, nor do we condone any behavior that would affect or offend any culture, race, color, religion, sex, nationality or origin. Clintonville Public School District would like to thank local tribes and tribal members who have already reached out to the district and offered cultural education and support.
The school district is planning to teach tolerance among students and staff to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
“We will seek additional input and put together a long term plan to repair the harm and use this incident to reflect upon, learn, embrace, and to better understand and celebrate the diversity of all, including the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin. Please know, we strive to create an environment of diversity and inclusion. This will continue to be a top priority within the District.”
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The Clintonville, Wisconsin homecoming football game and dance were canceled after a video of four white students doing a Native American-style dance surfaced on social media. It happened during a school dance-off for homecoming. pic.twitter.com/0TReVxPmB3
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) October 5, 2019