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Outrage as White Power sign waved by fans at high school basketball game in Texas

  • Fans of home team Flower Mound flashed the offensive signs during their heated triple-overtime victory over rivals Plano East on Friday night
  • Witnesses said the incident happened late in the game when both student sections were hyped up as the scoring lead switched several times
  • The signs were held up for 30 seconds before teachers rushed to remove them - enough time for a photo to be taken and shared online
  • Flower Mound's coach Eric Littleton responded on Twitter to the sign describing it as 'unacceptable'

Things turned ugly during a closely fought high school basketball game in Texas when members of the crowd unveiled provocative signs proclaiming 'White Power.'

Fans of home team Flower Mound flashed the offensive signs during their heated triple-overtime victory over rivals Plano East on Friday.

'We thought it was racist,' said a Plano East student athlete who was at the game and asked not to be identified. '(The sign) said 'white power,' and we were shocked.'

Fans of home team Flower Mound flashed the offensive 'White Power' signs during their heated triple-overtime victory over rivals Plano East on Friday night

Fans of home team Flower Mound flashed the offensive 'White Power' signs during their heated triple-overtime victory over rivals Plano East on Friday night

Witnesses said the incident happened late in the game when both student sections were hyped up as the scoring lead switched several times.

But the Plano East athlete remembers a specific moment when it got very raucous in the gym.

'Our student section started pointing at the sign,' the player told WFAA8.

'That's when it clicked into everyone's mind… 'Whoa... what are these guys doing?' And the teachers came and took the signs down.'

The student said the signs were held up for 30 seconds before teachers rushed to remove them.

However the provocative gesture was photographed and shared on social media by angry players and fans.

Flower Mound's coach Eric Littleton responded on Twitter to the image of the sign saying it was 'unacceptable'

Flower Mound's coach Eric Littleton responded on Twitter to the image of the sign saying it was 'unacceptable'

'This is ridiculous,' tweeted one Plano player. 'I thought we passed the racial stage of society.'

Witnesses claim racial slurs were also directed at players during the game, especially after a player had been injured.

Angry Plano students also told a local TV station that someone urinated and defecated on their team's bus, although neither team has confirmed it.

Flower Mound's coach, Eric Littleton, responded on Twitter to the sign describing it as  'unacceptable.' 

'As head coach at FMHS I offer our full voice apology. I will pursue this fully. No place for this,' he tweeted.

The Lewisville Independent School District, which oversees Flower Mound, has promised a full investigation.

'I want to be clear that this type of incident — however it has been perceived — has not and will not be tolerated in LISD,' Interim Superintendent Kevin Rogers said in a statement.

'We have always had high expectations for our more than 53,000 students and hold them to those standards both in and outside of the classroom.' 


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Comment by YES PAPA!! on February 19, 2015 at 5:06pm
Comment by conscious1 on February 19, 2015 at 2:58pm

Ignorant white trash is not worth my time of day.  I prefer to focus on the white capitalist who holds the power to make or brake a brother without having to say a word.

Comment by Big Woman on February 19, 2015 at 1:46pm
I'll bet that's as they say down south 'pwt' or poor white trash holding up those signs. Those are the people afraid of us the most. They know all their kids have to look forward to is working in Walmart with the rest of us (Walmart is the #1 employer in the US).
Racism in this country is a class thing. Poor whites are frightened because the American 'dream' does not include them and believe me they know it. They hate people of color more because they know they will be outnumbered very soon.
The more affluent whites never want to mingle with them unless its to exploit. This is nothing new. After 1776 the founding fathers did not give the citizens the right to vote unless they were property owners. Poor folk need not apply!
Don't worry about them they ain't nothing.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 19, 2015 at 12:07am

America, the beautifull, white people showing their true colors. Now that the Republicans run the House, and the Senate, they want to ban AP, History, and want to replace it, the want to delete slavery, and what was done to the Indians.

Comment by Dave on February 18, 2015 at 9:21pm
Roots I agree with you. Wave all the sign you want just keep your distance.
Comment by Julie on February 18, 2015 at 8:31pm
I agree with you-tempo: I think all Americans should be standing together against the that affect all of us. All these "black & white" racial tenssion people are trying to provoke is extremely unexceptionable. I Love my country and all my country men and women + children. I don't care what color you are it doesn't matter anymore because of so many enteracial families. Besides s..t if we research each one of us DNA we'll find somewhere way up the line we all have a little bit of everything in us.
ITS TIME FOR ALL OF US AMERICANS TO PUT AN END TO THIS STUPID RACIAL TENSSION BETWEEN US. ONE LOVE! GOD BLESS
Comment by rashid rourk on February 18, 2015 at 5:54pm

What is there to investigate? You target the sign holders, if they're students suspend them, if they're not ban them for a few games. One may look at this as freedom of speech, one may look at this as inciting   violence.

Comment by Rah Sal on February 18, 2015 at 5:23pm
I rather know my enemy. I know what they ment with the display of the sign. Is there something wrong with saying black power?
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 18, 2015 at 3:50pm
Or Jesus power, Holy Ghost power
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 18, 2015 at 3:49pm
I believe in freedom of speech. That was the crowd opportunity to shout black power

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