Mar 9, 2012




(HLN) Texas school district apologized this week after high school students chanted “USA, USA, USA,” at opposing fans during a weekend basketball game.

The chant, which happened as Alamo Heights High School fans celebrated their victory over San Antonio Edison High, was considered racist in its context, the San Antonio Independent School District said in a letter this week.

The school district saw the chant, which was quickly silenced by Alamo coach Andrew Brewer, as an insult directed toward a school made up of mostly Hispanics, district spokeswoman Leslie Price told HLN affiliate KSAT.

On Wednesday, the school district released a statement saying the recent immigration debate, which has dominated headlines in the Southwestern U.S., fueled much of the tension evident in the game.

"Some question why a chant of 'USA' is wrong. It is not wrong in the appropriate context. Often it is heard at international events in support of our country versus another. If this chant was commonplace -- chanted regularly at games with other high schools -- it would not be an issue. In this case, it was targeted at a school that is predominantly Hispanic," the statement said.

The district also filed a complaint with the governing University Interscholastic League over the issue. “It is normal practice to file a report when issues occur during or after an athletic event. We have a responsibility to our students, parents and the SAISD community to follow up,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez.

Julian Castellano, a student at Edison, told KSAT, "I was very surprised. Very appalled."

Alamo Heights also released a statement about the incident, decrying media attention. "Whereas we feel this action was inappropriate, we also believe these are good kids," it said.

Dr. Kevin Brown, the school's superintendent, told KSAT that "We just hope that people know that that's not who we are and we're not going to let it happen again."

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