An ugly Indiana brouhaha between two schools that inspired racially-motivated Donald Trump chants has now been denounced strongly by the Catholic bishop who oversees both of the game’s schools.
“Any actions or words that can be perceived as racist or derogatory to others are antithetical to the Christian faith and will not be tolerated in any of our institutions,” Diocese of Gary Bishop Donald J. Hying told the Associated Press.
Hying’s statement leaves little room for interpretation, which could have some who represent Andrean High School concerned. As previously reported here at USA TODAY High School Sports, the principal at Andrean High has met with officials from Hying’s diocese to discuss how to move forward following the incident, though no formal punishments or corrective measures have been announced.
In the meantime, Bishop Noll principal Craig Stafford and school principal Paul Mullaney have come together in the hope that some good may come from the chants in the form of a broader “teaching moment.”
“This is a teachable moment for everyone about responsible speech, social media and sportsmanship,” Stafford and Mullaney said in a message sent to the broader Bishop Noll community.
Clearly, there is still much learning to be done.