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Racism alleged at high school softball game

Photo shows controversial mask worn by St. Patrick's player (Photo source: Ka'China Clemons) Photo shows controversial mask worn by St. Patrick's player (Photo source: Ka'China Clemons)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Ka'china Clemons went to a girls softball game at St. Patrick to support her niece, who plays for Philadelphia.

"During the game, one of the players was in the dugout and she had a monkey mask and we already knew what that was symbolizing," said Clemons.

Clemons says it didn't stop there. She claims she also heard St. Patrick's players making racist remarks.

"They were calling us apes, monkeys, and the N-word. I was actually surprised that the parents and the coaches allowed all that to happen. They sat there and no one said a word to them."

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Superintendent, Dr. Mike Ladner said, "There is no racism, period."

Dr. Ladner said the St. Patrick's softball team calls its dugout "The Zoo", and the players wear many different masks during games. He said there was no intention to offend anyone, but Ka'china Clemons disagrees.

"I think they should be put on probation, that should have never happened at a school function," said Clemons.

Several complaints were made to the Mississippi State High School Activities Association and officials are investigating what happened, and whether any disciplinary action will need to be taken.

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