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Alaska school officials apologize for behaviors at basketball game

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District released the findings of its investigation surrounding a basketball game between Ketchikan and Metlakatla.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 4:35 PM AKST
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Officials from a southeast Alaska school district say a pep club’s “country” theme for a basketball game against a school from Alaska’s only Indian reserve wasn’t intended to be “racially provocative” but had a negative effect that was predictable and should have been prevented.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District released the findings of its investigation surrounding a game earlier this month between the Ketchikan Kings and the Metlakatla Chiefs.

The report from the borough school board and district administration includes apologies to Metlakatla and the Native community and outlines steps the district plans to take in the future.

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