I’m speechless. Honestly, I don’t really have any comments about this heartbreaking story from my old hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. (That’s the part of the world where I went to high school and college.)
Read this Associated Press story about an incident of ugly racial slurs and taunts directed at a group of school children from the Pine Ridge Reservation who were at a hockey game. The outing to the game was a reward for the students’ academic achievement.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department has identified at least one person who is accused of harassing grade-school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at a minor league hockey game.
Authorities are considering filing charges in the alleged incident during a Rapid City Rush game last Saturday, according to Police Chief Karl Jegeris.
“We’re going to be looking at assault. We’re going to look at the hate crimes statutes. We will look at the child abuse statutes. And, we will look at any other relevant statutes,” Jegeris said. He did not reveal the name of the person identified.
Chaperones for the students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen said students were subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer. Fifty-seven students and eight chaperones attended the game. Some parents complained to Rapid City police, and the department opened an investigation Tuesday.