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‘Unacceptable’ Sign Students Held Up at Basketball Game Left Attendees Disgusted: 'It's Just Sick\


"No place for this."

Students at a Texas basketball game ignited controversy Friday night when they displayed a "white" and "power" sign directly next to each other as they cheered in the audience.

Witnesses told WFAA-TV that the incident occurred late in the game as things came down to the wire between Flower Mound High School and Plano East.

After the game concluded with Flower Mound wining 75-73 in triple overtime, a Plano East player condemned the sign which was held up in the Flower Mound student section.

"We thought it was racist. It said "white power," and we were shocked," the unidentified student told WFAA.

[sharequote align="center"]"We thought it was racist."[/sharequote]

"Our student section started pointing at the sign. That's when it clicked into everyone's mind… 'Whoa... what are these guys doing?' And the teachers came and took the signs down," the student continued, adding that the signs were displayed for about 30 seconds.

A Plano East parent said she thought that the sign amounted to "criminal" behavior.

"To me that's criminal… it's criminal, and it's just sick," Deanna Thompson told WFAA.

The sign was also slammed by Flower Mound High School head coach Eric Littleton.

"Unacceptable," he said. "As head coach at FMHS I offer our full voice apology. I will pursue this fully. No place for this."

The school district's interim superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers said Tuesday that the district had launched an investigation, saying "we fully intend to act on our findings."

"We regret that this unfortunate event has been elevated to this level on so many social media circles," he said in a statement.

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