Groton student apologizes for online video

KELOLAND.com Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Groton High School basketball player is facing consequences for a derogatory video he posted on social media.

The video references a basketball game between Groton and Mobridge-Pollock. The short clip includes racial slurs, swearing and mocking the players of Mobridge-Pollock. KELOLAND News reached out to the Groton Area School District and was initially sent this email:

The District cannot comment on the disciplinary action against any student or student-athlete. The serious nature of an incident does not absolve the District of its legal and ethical obligation to protect student confidentiality.

Joe Schwan, Superintendent

Daniel Swartos is the Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. He says the SDHSAA and the two schools have been working closely together regarding the situation.

The student did post an apology to social media for what he said and did.

Tim Frederick is the Mobridge-Pollock School District Superintendent. He says this is a learning experience for all parties involved.

“Having an opportunity to reflect on this, it demonstrates why we need to teach about diversity by bringing cultural awareness, curriculum and training to schools,” Frederick said.

He says the school continues to look out for the welfare and well-being of its students. Frederick states the Mobridge-Pollock school system has a code of conduct that allows the district to address issues that may be posted on social media if it interrupts the structure of the school day for students.

The Groton Area School District has a student handbook, which also outlines some consequences of actions for students involved in extracurricular activities.

The Groton Area Superintendent later emailed KELOLAND News this statement:

“This situation highlights the need for education and understanding of race relations, being good neighbors to one another, and the impact of social media.”

“It’s always disappointing when we go through things like this, but this is an opportunity to educate,”

Tim Frederick, Mobridge-Pollock Schools Superintendent

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