Parents express concern, embarrassment over student 'black face' - WNEM TV 5

Parents express concern, embarrassment over student 'black face' body-painting

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Monica Delgado said her sons love playing basketball.

"They're really great kids, they're very responsible," Delgado said.

On Tuesday night, Carrollton High School played a game at Freeland.

After the junior varsity game, she said she was shocked when she saw some students in the Freeland student section.

"They wore all black and painted their skin black," Delgado said.

A spectator at the game sent TV5 a photo of the students, but because they're minors, we chose to not their faces.

The student section planned a "black-out" theme for the varsity game – that’s when the home team fans dress in all black.

Some parents said the students took it too far.

The students were not in the gym long before parents from both Freeland and Carrollton raised concerns.

Delgado questions the motive as Carrollton is a predominantly black school.

"What was the point of doing that to our children, what was the intention? It's very upsetting," Delgado said.

One mother said, "I was livid, I was livid. Because I have five children at our school, and they were at the game last night, and they asked, why."

Some Freeland parents said they were embarrassed by the students.

Freeland Superintendent Matt Cairy said he couldn’t discuss student discipline. But issued the following statement on Thursday: 

"I was saddened that a group of our students presented themselves in the manner they did Tuesday night, and have apologized to the Carrollton Public Schools.  The action of this small group of kids was horribly insensitive.  We are committed to educating our students so that such an inappropriate act will not be repeated in the future."

Carrollton Superintendent Ken Wilson said Cairy called and apologized on Wednesday. Wilson said he believes Freeland is taking the incident seriously.

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