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Outrage continues over costumes worn at Kentucky school basketball game

Published On: Mar 14 2013 08:02:07 AM HST

Highland Hills Middle School students were encouraged to wear black to a game against Parkview, but parents say what some kids wore was racist.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -

The outrage continues over costumes worn at a local middle school basketball game.

Highland Hills Middle School students were encouraged to wear black to a game against Parkview, but parents say what some kids wore was racist.

Some Highland Hills kids wore gorilla masks, and others wore Obama masks.

Many say that's offensive to Parkview's African-American players.

New Albany-Floyd County Schools apologized to Parkview, but protesters are now saying that's not enough.

 “We're not only insulted, we're not even going to tolerate this,” said protester Mattie Jones.

Jones fought the bitter cold to protest with concerned citizens in front of the New Albany-Floyd County school administration building.

 She has grandchildren in the school district and says the costumes some local kids wore were offensive.

“It's very racist, it's the same old Jim Crow mess that happened many years ago,” said Jones.

Highland Hills students were encouraged to wear black to the game against Parkview as part of a school spirit night.

Protester Marcia Booker says there's a problem with that.

“To my knowledge, Floyd Central's colors are yellow, green and white, not black,” said Booker.

School officials say three students wore the gorilla masks, and say it was a misunderstanding.

Officials apologized to Parkview but these protesters say that's not enough.

“Apology will not work. They've been apologizing forever. And apologies is not correcting the situation,” said Booker, “I feel that the superintendent needs to step down, and also the president of the board.”

The protesters also want the students who wore the costumes to apologize themselves to Parkview.

New Albany-Floyd County assistant superintendent Bill Briscoe said he did not want to give an interview before airtime or release a statement to the media at 3:30 this afternoon.     

 

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