JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Perry High School basketball team faced racially-charged chants from a few Dallas Center-Grimes fans Monday.
The Donald-Trump-centered chants targeted at a multicultural team had a rippling effect. But on Thursday, fans from the two schools cheered together as one.
“We were definitely in the wrong, our student body,” said Austin Kloewer, a DCG student.
Students from DCG met with Perry students early Thursday and used the evening’s Boone vs Perry boys’ sub-state game to make amends and teach their fellow classmates a lesson in return. And Perry learned from DCG
“The few that did those chants and said those things were not a full representation of that school,” said Perry student Kevin Lopez.
At the game, held at a neutral site in Johnston, Perry also welcomed students from Ankeny, Des Moines Lincoln, Johnston and Green County.
“It shows how united we can be, not just with our own school, but with diversity,” said Alicia Calderon, Perry student.
Students say it was a select few in the stands Monday that tarnished the Mustangs’ name three days ago, but now a different group of DCG teenagers with courage and honor put that burden on their backs to show Perry the respect they deserve.
“I’m hoping that other schools can take from this and realize whatever they are saying can have an effect on players and on the community and such,” said DCG student Shelby Freestone.
Proving that no matter who’s in the presidential office, through acceptance, not exclusion, these two schools understand what can make America great again.
“How everyone is accepted, everyone is united. It doesn’t matter your race, your color, or anything. You are just going to be accepted,” Calderon said.
The Dallas Center-Grimes Students in attendance say their student government group has brainstormed the idea of a mutual program with Perry that could help introduce their students to more diversity.