California High School Cheer Squad Targeted With Racist Abuse at Football Game

An investigation has been launched after a high school cheer squad was subjected to racial abuse during a football game on Friday.

Cheerleaders from Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California, were allegedly targeted by Temecula Valley High School fans during last week's game.

Sabria Rose, a junior on the varsity cheerleading squad for Valley View, told KTLA5 that she and her teammates had racial slurs directed at them and were told they were "on the wrong side of town."

"This boy stopped me and said that he liked my hair and kind of played with the ends," she told the news outlet. "And then the boys on the fence. We went past them, and they started making monkey noises."

Her teammate Kharissa Darden also heard people shouting "go away."

"People were staring and turning and snickering to their friends like they haven't seen a person of my skin color or my teammates' skin color," she told Fox11.

Several social media posts have alleged that the squad was called the n-word and harassed during the game, prompting their coach to remove them from the field during the third quarter.

On Monday, a small group of Temecula Valley High School students gathered outside their main campus to protest against the actions of those at the game.

According to Patch.com, around 50 students attended the rally, holding signs bearing messages of support like "I Stand With The Valley View Cheer Team," "All Students Deserve To Feel Safe" and "Hate Has No Home Here."

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In the wake of the incident, Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora issued a statement branding the abuse "unacceptable" and confirming an investigation would take place.

"We are working closely with the Temecula Valley Unified School District to conduct an investigation regarding this unfortunate incident to ensure this situation is addressed appropriately and in a timely manner," Kedziora said.

"We care about all our students and we encourage all families and staff to continue to say something if you see something. We are here to support all of our students and staff, and thank those who have submitted reports regarding the situation.

"On behalf of the Board of Education, we will continue to work together and maintain focus on embracing and championing our diverse communities and inclusion across all schools and in our society. We want all students to become responsible and respectful citizens."

Temecula Valley High School Principal Allen Williams also condemned the incident in a strongly-worded statement.

"Our school district embraces diversity and strongly condemns hate speech and offensive, hateful language or racial intolerance of any kind on the sports fields, in school buildings or anywhere on or off school premises. We will hold anyone found to have used such language while representing any of our schools accountable for their words and actions," he said.

"The primary responsibilities of schools are to foster an open, respectful and inclusive learning environment for all students, staff, and our community. We recognize that we have work to do in our schools and will continue to strive to promote equity, sportsmanship, respect, and fair play on and off the field."

The two school districts are now working together to investigate and address the matter further.

Newsweek has reached out to the Valley View High School cheer squad coach for further comment.

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