SAN ANTONIO — District administrators were forced to take action after a group of Warren High School students put on an offensive display directed at another school.
The school celebrated “jinx day” on Thursday, a school spirit event meant to excite the students before their big football game against their rivals at Holmes High School.
“You just wear their colors,” said Warren High junior Lee Shaffer. “You wear their colors to jinx them. Hopefully they don’t jinx us.”
Warren High School has had the tradition for years. This year some students took it as an opportunity to take a cheap shot, dressing in outfits meant to serve as a demeaning caricature of their rivals.
“It was a good couple hundred kids,” said Shaffer. “They dressed up like cholos and wore button-up shirts that weren’t buttoned and bandanas.”
According to the district, the school’s principal caught wind students were planning the insensitive gesture beforehand, even posting a tweet the day before warning students not to do anything demeaning.
Northside Independent School District spokesperson Pascual Gonzalez said when the students walked in, administrators were ready.
“Nine students were called into the office,” said Gonzalez. “Most of them were counseled, four of them received in-school suspension.”
However, students said the act already stirred up tense language between the two schools on social media.
Shaffer said he hopes this doesn’t get in the way of Friday night’s game.
“I just don’t want something to happen and then they start talking bad about Warren,” said Shaffer.
Gonzalez said the district takes this incident seriously, but adds this is the first time there has ever been any drama on “jinx day.” He said the district does not intend to eliminate the event in the future.