“The Nevada Union women’s basketball team topped Sheldon on Tuesday night in front of a packed gym to advance in the regional tournament — but it wasn’t until Wednesday morning that the Miners principal checked his email and got a sinking feeling in his stomach,” Sacramento TV station KCRA reported on Wednesday night.
‘”I was embarrassed and shocked,’ Nevada Union Principal Michael Blake said.
“During the game — which the Miners won handily, 77-47 — Sheldon’s cheerleaders contend they were taunted by some Nevada Union fans.
“The cheerleaders say they were called racial and homophobic slurs.
“‘While we were there, cheering on our team, their fan section was calling us racial slurs and calling us unnecessary names,’ Sacramento’s Sheldon cheerleader Hayley Hart said.
“The cheer team complained to the school administration, but the harassment continued, the group said.
“‘They were throwing pennies at us, saying that is all we are worth,’ cheerleader Ashley Harvey said. ‘I could not believe it, and I could not help but get upset about it.’
“Several cheerleaders’ parents wrote Blake an email voicing their displeasure.
“‘I was at the game,’ Blake told KCRA 3. ‘I thought (it) was a great atmosphere. The gym was packed. Sheldon’s band was here. We had our band there.
‘”I did not hear those those type of things myself. But those comments are totally inappropriate and completely unacceptable.’
“The cheerleaders said the crowd at one point also threw coins at them — and used other slurs toward them, their team and the coaching staff.
“Blake spent Wednesday investigating, he said.
“The school plans to change the seating section for the student body for the next home game, which is Wednesday night for a boys playoff matchup.
“School officials will not invite some of the fans back in at the next game, and plan on discussing the topic with students in class.
“‘We want to do everything we can to make sure this will not happen again,’ Blake said.
The video of the news segment is here.