MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) – A Central Texas school district where students were. He heard the cry of a monkey Black basketball players on campus have dealt with various allegations of racial discrimination for months, according to school board reports.
Marble Falls Independent School District officials say they are investigating insensitive comments and yelling by their students at Black East Central Lady Hornets players during the Hill County Classic basketball tournament over the weekend.
The principal of Marble Falls High School said the district is reviewing video footage and interviewing students involved in the play.
Video of the game shows senior East Midfielder Asia Prudhomme shooting a high-pitched buzzer-beater from the free throw line.
“Once our team found out about it, they immediately stood up and hugged Asia in the bus. It was a sweet moment, but it’s hard to see it happen,” said Lady Hornets coach Vanessa Villarreal.
Prudhomme, 18, said she is still in shock over the incident, but is focused on finishing her senior year and playing ball in college.
Last school year, Marble Falls ISD had to address parents’ concerns of racial discrimination on campus during a January 2022 school board meeting, including the alleged use of the N-word toward students of color, records show.
The district held a special meeting in February to discuss “discriminatory practices in the Marble Falls ISD community and how to address this unacceptable behavior.”
Superintendent Chris Allen said in a February 2022 update to the school board, “We have some students who have used words without knowing and we need to clarify what those words are and when they can’t use them.”
Superintendent Chris Allen told KXAN in the spring that the district added “stronger anti-discrimination language” to the student code of conduct, outlined potential consequences, and added anonymous reporting mechanisms for students to report inappropriate behavior.
“The actions of the student(s) involved are a disgrace to our community because they reflect the true character of its people,” Allen said in a statement to KXAN on Wednesday.
“One incident does not define who we are as a community,” Marble Falls ISD Board President Kevin Neumann told KXAN in part. I think we all don’t think about how broken the world we live in is, especially how our actions affect the people around us.
The University Interscholastic League did not respond to requests for an interview, but an East Central ISD spokeswoman plans to follow up with Marble Falls ISD officials to see how the league handles the issue.