Oregon High School on probation after racist behavior investigation

An investigator has determined that female basketball players at Clatskanie High School in northwest Oregon “more likely than not” used racist language against members of the De La Salle team during a match in Clatskanie in December 2021.

As a result, Clastkanie has been placed on probation by the Oregon School Activities Association until mid-February 2023, The Daily News reported.

The association said high school team players and coaches must engage with a guest speaker on equity and inclusion ahead of next season, among other measures, and all student athletes and coaches at Clatskanie must complete racial equity training and implicit bias training.

A press release from Clatskanie High School Athletic Director and Dean of Students Ryan Tompkins on Wednesday confirmed the report’s findings more than two months after it was completed.

Tompkins said the high school is ready to meet probation requirements.

De La Salle North High School President Oscar Leong said he believes the lengthy investigation process has resulted in positive changes for Oregon student-athletes.

Additionally, the investigation found that staff at the Clatskanie school and referees appointed by the Lower Columbia Officials Association failed to address concerns about racist language after it was brought up during the game.

Lower Colombia officials who worked the December game have also been banned from participating in playoff games for the 2022 OSAA Basketball State Championship.

Bob Rose, assignee of the Lower Columbia Officials Association, said he respects what OSAA has done.

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