Following an OSAA investigation into racial taunts at a basketball game, Molalla High School was placed on probation

Following an OSAA investigation into racial taunts at a basketball game, Molalla High School was pla ...

Following an independent investigation into a January boys basketball game where Gladstone boys basketball players claimed they were subjected to racist taunts from Molalla supporters, the Oregon School Activities Association has placed Molalla High School on probation.

The probation period was started on March 31, 2022 when the OSAA first presented its findings to the two party schools, and will last for one calendar year. Consequently, the school will have to take certain actions to ensure that an incident like this will not happen in the future, as well as the school will be fined for any additional violations during the probationary period.

During the game, Gladstone students accused of being racist and intimidated, including an adult displaying a photo of a confederate flag in their direction, and a Molalla student dressed in blackface and monkey noises chanted from the Molalla student section.

Three of the OSAA's conclusions have been rewritten by the Molalla School District as they include personally identifiable information about students. One unredacted finding was that heckling from people seated in the Molalla student section, which included student supporters, "was at times poor, but was not determined to be racial motivated."

The results of the other findings, which have been adopted by the OSAA, were sufficient to justify Molalla's probation.

Molalla High School will be required to take certain precautions as part of its probation:

The OSAA was hired a third-party investigator who interviewed witnesses and assembled evidence to assist the OSAA in determining what happened during the basketball game.

In these situations, the OSAA is not to sanction schools based on intent, but rather to identify actions that impact others regardless of the actor's intent, so as to both acknowledge the offense and to foster an environment of understanding and non-discrimination, according to the statement.

On Friday morning, the Molalla River School District released a statement to Oregonian/OregonLive, declaring that it is currently working to implement several of the OSAA's measures.

"Every school in Molalla River has always been a priority for all students, visitors, and guests, and we will continue to honor that commitment as we move forward," the school council said.

The Gladstone School District did not comment on the matter.

The game between Molalla and Gladstone is a result of the OSAA's investigation into this school year, which means that Gladstone and La Grande players were subjected to racist taunts.

Basketball players from the United States were recruited from the league in December.

A game in which players from the Benson girls basketball team claimed the Camas High School student section directed racist taunts in the winter was investigated by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

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