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St. Louis Park cancels remaining games with New Prague after alleged racist taunts

St. Louis Park cancels remaining games with New Prague after alleged racist taunts

In a response to allegedly racist taunts during a Feb. 15 high school boys hockey game, St. Louis Park will not compete in any contests against New Prague for at least until the end of the school year.

In an email to New Prague athletics director Brad Skogerboe sent on Monday, St. Louis Park AD Andrew Ewald said the ban “will continue until the harm that was caused is repaired and we are assured that any of our stakeholders, most importantly our students, will not be victimized by racism by any New Prague stakeholder in the future.”

Ewald on Tuesday referred media requests to the school district’s director of communications, Sara Thompson, who said the district “is not making any further comment at this time.” A spokesperson for the Minnesota State High School League said Tuesday the governing body for state high school sports also “is not making any comment at this point.”

New Prague began playing the Metro West Conference this school year. The boys hockey incident doesn’t appear to be an outlier.

According to a Feb. 16 report by the New Prague Times, students and adults at a Feb. 15 girls basketball game against Robbinsdale Cooper, which includes student-athletes of color, began “making monkey noises” at the end of a tight contest.

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