‘Heartbroken’: Texas basketball player taunted by racist calls speaks out


Marble Falls High School announced plans this week to investigate reports of alleged racist behavior by student spectators during Friday’s women’s basketball tournament.

Incident at a Texas school captured by cameradepicts some students making monkey noises while a black Asian Prudhomme, a third-year student at Higashi-Chuo High School, throws a free throw. Almost 50% of the students at Marble Falls High School are white and only 1.5% are black.

“I’ve always been taught not to pay attention to the stands, so I didn’t pay as much attention,” Prudhomme, who made the free throw, told ABC News. “I was just focused on making free throws and getting the team back in the game.”

But after watching a video of the incident, Prudhomme said she was shocked.

“I’ve never had this happen to me,” she said. “

Marble Falls High School principal Damon Adams said in a statement that administrators have reviewed the video footage and will interview students and spectators who attended the game to ensure a thorough investigation.

He said the school takes allegations of racism seriously and “holds students accountable for behavior that goes against our expectations.”

“As principal, I am sorry that the players and guests who attended our tournaments experienced things from our students that made them feel uncomfortable or devalued.”The behavior of very few students. However, we regret that it may hurt other people’s impressions of the incredible group of children who make up our students.

The Marble Falls Independent School District said in a statement that it will continue to work with East Central High School administrators to fully investigate the incident.

“Marble Falls ISD does not tolerate any form of discrimination and we want East Central players to know that we fully support them,” the statement read.

Prudhomme said she wanted a “sincere apology” from the students who caused the disturbance.

In September, Katy Independent School District, also in Texas, started an investigation There were reports of spectators making monkey noises at Patricia E. Paetou High School’s junior volleyball team, which consisted primarily of Black and Hispanic girls, during a game against Jordan High School.

Prudhomme, who played basketball in college and hopes to eventually reach the WNBA, said he was grateful for the support he received from his coaches, teammates and fans.

“I have a lot of love at my school,” she said. “It’s really building me up to be a stronger person.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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