Students accused of racist tweets against rival high school

Students accused of racist tweets against rival high school

SEATTLE - A rivalry between two local high schools has extended beyond the basketball court with offensive racial tweets, triggering a police investigation.

The two rival teams, Issaquah High School and Seattle’s Garfield High, meet Friday night in state playoff action at the Tacoma Dome.

The comments - some 10 pages worth, according to a Seattle police report - are racist in nature and appear to have been posted on Twitter by students at Issaquah High School.

When the two teams last met two weeks ago, Garfield beat Issaquah 83- 65. Then malicious tweets started going out.

The Garfield High School resource officer learned of the messages and filed a report saying the tweets negatively referred to African American students at Garfield.

The report also quoted some of the text messages:

• "Checkmate was when Abraham Lincoln made the mistake of freeing you."

• "No actually just my insults are too complicated for your primitive mind to understand."

Issaquah High School investigated the claims and has now posted an online apology.

It reads, in part: "We are sincerely sorry for the hurtful actions by a few students who acted on their own. Thus far in our investigation, none of the varsity basketball players were involved in the tweets."

Issaquah administrators said they feel Friday night's basketball game between the two schools will be a good opportunity to demonstrate good sportsmanship. 

And the school said it hopes parents take the opportunity to discuss appropriate use of the Internet and use it as a reminder to be kind and respectful to others.