Sturgis Brown cancels homecoming following controversial car bash

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STURGIS, S.D. -

The latest on a controversial car bash by Sturgis Brown High School students


4:30 p.m.

All Sturgis Brown High School homecoming activities have been canceled, including the football game against Pine Ridge.

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3:55 p.m.

The Meade School District has canceled Friday's Homecoming Parade, according to their website. Because of the cancellation, the football game against Pine Ridge has been moved up to 4 p.m.

The District Board is in executive session, which could ultimately decide whether to cancel the game. 

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11 a.m.

Leaders of the Meade School District are planning assemblies to address racism after photos circulated on social media of Sturgis Brown High School students posing with a car in the school parking lot. The car was later destroyed.

The below photos were shared online Wednesday, with the school issuing an apology on the matter Thursday. Painted on the car are the words, "Go back to the Rez," with additional writing posted on the image messaging application Snapchat.


In a letter from Meade District School Board, Superintendent Don Kirkegaard, and other administrators and staff, the district apologizes "for the actions of a few students," continuing with, "We do not support, teach nor endorse the inappropriate behaviors and actions that occurred Wednesday evening. We are appalled and disgusted by the racist comments that appeared on social media."

District administrators have met with the Sturgis Police Department to investigate and so that "appropriate action can be taken."

The car bash comes ahead of the school's homecoming game against the Pine Ridge Thorpes, set for Friday. But according to the district, the bash is not a sponsored homecoming tradition, and the pictures were taken after hours without the knowledge of administrators.

As for the assemblies to address racism, the district has stated the following:

"We are a diverse district with many races and backgrounds, which is why this situation is so painful. Because of the angst we feel, we are reaching out to the Pine Ridge School, community and families, as well as all schools in the state of South Dakota to apologize and to encourage more cultural awareness. It is our deepest desire that incidents, such as this one, will become history rather than current news."

To read the full letter, click here.

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