An Alabama high school has apologized after its football players were seen running through a Donald Trump campaign-themed banner at the start of a game against a school with a predominantly black student population.
Photos posted to social media show players from Briarwood Christian School running through a banner emblazoned with "Make America Great Again. Trump the Tigers" right before a game against Fairfield High School last week, AL.com reported.
Fairfield Superintendent Walter Gonsoulin told AL.com that he didn't even know about the banner until Monday.
"No one has filed an official complaint, but I have heard from some of the parents who felt it was disrespectful, and they were wondering the intent of the sign," Gonsoulin said.
Nicole Cabrera, a former Briarwood student, told WBRC-TV, "To me it's an insult, because I don't like Trump, and Trump doesn't like my people either."
One current Fairfield student, who asked not to be identified, added, "It was just really shocking, that as soon as I saw it, my eyes lit up. Because it was like, 'Why at a high school game?'"
Briarwood Superintendent Barrett Mosbecker later issued a statement apologizing for the sign, AL.com reported:
Briarwood Christian School desires to publicly apologize for any understandable offense caused by the sign used during a recent football game. The message of the sign did not represent the school's deep commitment to biblical principles and values, nor did it reflect our commitment to honoring and respecting our guests."
Our existing policies were not followed effectively and appropriate measures will be taken to correct this. Above all we desire to seek forgiveness of any who were offended.
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