A black high school basketball player was allegedly taunted by monkey noises during a free throw
An investigation has begun in Texas after a spectator at a high school girls’ basketball game made what sounded like monkey noises toward a black player shooting free throws on Friday.
East Central High School senior Asia Prudhomme was shooting a free throw against Marble Falls High School during a tournament they held over the weekend when the noises could be heard from the stands.
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The noises continued during her pre-shooting routine until she fired.
“It’s sad, heartbreaking and unwarranted,” Prudhomme tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “I can’t even play basketball without ignorance and racism in the stands. This really broke my heart, my coaches and my teammates…please share this and help us punish those involved .”
Pudhomme said she didn’t hear the noises on her free throw, but was told afterwards.
“I wasn’t really paying attention because I was always taught to ignore the students, to focus on the free throw,” Prudhomme told the WFAA.
The Marble Falls Independent School District told the WFAA no one was kicked out of the game, and EC athletic director Suzette Arriola said there were at least three instances of such noises.
“Marble Falls School District has an unwavering commitment to loving every child and inspiring them to reach their full potential, and this also applies to children outside of our school district. We will continue to work with the administration of East Central High to investigate and hold students accountable for their actions,” the district said in a statement Monday. “Marble Falls ISD does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we would like East Central students to know that they have our full support. .”
Marble Falls ISD manager Damon Adams said he is investigating ‘one or more students’ and is ‘reviewing video footage and will interview students and patrons who attended the game to ensure a thorough investigation’ .
“Marble Falls High School takes these allegations seriously and will hold students accountable for any behavior that violates our expectations,” he added in a statement over the weekend.
“As Campus Director, I regret that any player or guest participating in our tournament has experienced anything from our student body that has made them feel uncomfortable or belittled. I am saddened that the behaviors of a very small number of students can tarnish the impression that others have of the incredible group of children who make up our student body.”
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“On Friday afternoon, our team went through a very difficult game in a tournament. Unfortunately, one of our athletes had to go through a very hurtful and unacceptable racial situation. Our athletes, our coaching staff and our parents don’t agree with what happened!” the team said in a statement on Facebook. “We appreciate the sports office and administration of both schools working to manage this situation. We are a strong family and we have each other [sic] return! None of these actions will change the memories we made this weekend overall. Our team has grown even more as a family during this trip!”
“This situation was tough. Talking to my daughters about this was tough,” head coach Vanessa Villareal tweeted on Sunday. “Our weekend hasn’t been ruined by that. Our kids have grown up and I wish I could show what our girls did on the bus once we’ve discussed it. Our girls are amazing people who love each other. love them so much! I love them for that!”
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marble falls did not play in their scheduled match the following day “due to unforeseen circumstances”.