VALLEY CENTER, KS – A Kansas School district is under major fire after white students at Valley Center HS launched vicious, KKK-era racist attacks against the mostly Black basketball team at Topeka High School.
“First, their student section called one of our students the N word. Our player reacted and then they started chants calling him a p*ssy. Their parents were also calling our students and our parents racial slurs. Their student section was passing and waving around a Black baby doll,” Sophomore girl’s basketball player Jo’Mhara Benning told The Defender.
Topeka High School boys basketball coach Geo Lyons told The Defender he has never witnessed anything remotely close to this before and was absolutely horrified.
“They said they were going to hang our students. They had students out in the parking lot doing donuts in the parking lot saying they would hang our players,” he told us. He also said absolutely no action was taken on behalf of the Valley Center admin to try and stop the viciously racist events throughout the game – and that no one has reached out to him since it happened.
“Nobody from Valley Center has reached out to me. I haven’t heard one word from the principal, the superintendent, the coach, the athletic director, no one. I don’t even want an apology at this point,” he said.
Coach Lyons said he wants to see immediate major action taken to hold the school accountable.
Topeka High School Basketball Coach Geo Lyons has started a petition to remove fans from Valley Center HS sporting events, as a first step to holding the district accountable. Sign the petition here.
This is a developing story.