The River Valley High School football team played a slave auction

YUBA CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — A high school football team in Yuba City, Calif., is set to lose the remainder of the season after some team members conducted a slave auction, the superintendent of the Yuba City Unified School District said.

Superintendent Doreen Osumi said the county received video Thursday of the “reprehensible act,” which allegedly showed River Valley High School team members pretending to auction off three of their black teammates in the locker room.

Osumi added that the players involved in the “unfortunate and extremely distressing incident” will not be allowed to play for the remainder of the season.

“You have violated our Student Athlete Code of Conduct, which they all subscribe to and are committed to abide by, and which will not be ignored or downplayed,” Osumi wrote, in part, in a lengthy statement. “As a result, we don’t have the required number of players to field the varsity side safely and will therefore have to do without the rest of the season.”

Osumi added that the incident “tells us that we have a lot to do with our students.”

“Maybe they thought this skit was funny, but it’s not; it is unacceptable and requires us to deal honestly and thoroughly with issues of systemic racism. We know that corrective action may be required under policy, but it is education, honest, open discussion and instruction that will lead our students to realize that their choices and actions have consequences.”

The video was first shared in a group chat between students, although at least one student claims the clip made its way to social media.

“I saw it on TikTok,” said a student who spoke to KTXL. “And I’m on my second period sitting next to the guy who took the video [class] … It’s really shocking, because especially after I’ve seen who [recorded it]because, you know, I never thought he’d do that.”

The school board plans to turn the incident into a teachable moment for students who may not recognize the “deeply offensive” nature of the athletes’ actions, Osumi said. The River Valley High School football team played a slave auction

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