Rivalry or Racist? High school stunt raises controversy

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CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (October 30, 2015)- A high school football rivalry may have gone too far.

On Friday night, Cambridge City Lincoln High School played Tri-High in the second round of sectionals.

Lincoln parents hung a candy-filled dummy in the locker room. The dummy was wearing a Tri-High jersey with the #28 on it.  He’s the Titans’ star player and he’s African-American.

A Lincoln fan took a picture of the dummy and sent it to a Tri-High fan.  The picture was then posted on social media sites.

Lincoln High School is part of Western Wayne School District.  The Assistant Superintendent released a statement saying in part, “Only after the picture was sent out did the Lincoln supporters learn that the number on the Tri-High uniform was that of an African American student. It clearly was not the thought or intent of the Lincoln supporters or football players that this incident was anything more than a school rivalry.  This incident was not racially motivated.”

Some fans didn’t see the display as rivalry but as racist.

“Parents? That’s even more shocking. If in fact that’s the case then the parents shouldn’t be allowed to come over here all year, period,” says Dave Southerland, Sr.

“I think it’s harmless myself I think it’s blown a little out of proportion by some people. I know several of the boys on the team and I know it wasn’t meant the way it’s being taken,” explains Frances Moore, a Lincoln fan.

The Tri-High Superintendent told FOX 59 Lincoln has apologized to the school, the player and his family.

Cambridge City Lincoln beat Tri-High 35-24.