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CAIR-Kansas Welcomes School Response to Alleged Racist Incident at Basketball Game

(TOPEKA, KS, 12/12/2022) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed the response of a Valley Center High School to an alleged racist incident involving several students at a basketball game against Topeka High School. 

At a game on Dec. 3, several Valley Center High School students reportedly taunted players on Topeka High School’s basketball team with racial slurs and threats. They also reportedly used a Black baby doll in their taunts. In a joint statement the two schools made Friday, they said the students had been disciplined, but did not specify how due to federal law prohibiting the release of such information. 

SEE: Valley Center students disciplined for offensive behavior at high school basketball game

https://www2.ljworld.com/news/schools/2022/dec/10/valley-center-students-disciplined-for-offensive-behavior-at-high-school-basketball-game/

“We welcome the swift response of Valley Center High School to the reports of hateful, racist behavior by some of its students at a recent basketball game,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “We urge school officials to introduce education programs on the dangers of racism to ensure similar incidents do not occur in the future.”

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

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https://youtu.be/LBJbmWLG_eQ

Video: CAIR-MA Calls for Hate Crime Probe into Incident Targeting Muslim Family

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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.