Chicago Marist High School investigates allegations of racist protest – NBC Chicago


Officials at a Catholic high school in Chicago said they were investigating allegations that a group of students participated in what some Latino students considered a racist protest at the school’s prom .

The incident took place Saturday night at Marist High School in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood in the far southwest of the city after the school football team played a game, the Chicago Sun reported. Times.

Elizabeth Pacheco and Maia Trevino, two 16-year-old juniors of Mexican descent, said that when a DJ played a Spanish version of Billy Ray Cyrus’ hit song “Achy Breaky Heart,” a group of college students s ‘is kneeling in apparent protest, with some of them booing and disrupting a line dance. The girls also said they heard a classmate make what they thought was a racist comment.

“If you love our food, our ethnic fashion and our energy so much… why do you blame us,” Pacheco asked in the caption of an Instagram video showing the incident. “How would you like us to get down on our knees to your country music?” “

In a statement, Marist spokesperson Kristine Kavanaugh said school officials were “disheartened” by the incident.

“As a school, we promote cultural diversity and provide professional development on cultural skills to staff and students. The Marist school is fully investigating the events and will respond to them if necessary ”, she declared.

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