March 20, 2012
Students stripped of scholarships for offensive chant
By QMI Agency
Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band have been stripped of their scholarships and removed from the band after they chanted, "Where's your green card?" at a Puerto Rican point guard from Kansas State University during a basketball game.
Television cameras picked up the taunts, which occurred during
an NCAA basketball tournament game in Pittsburgh last Thursday.
The school said the students will also have to complete two hours of cultural sensitivity training this week.
"The students have been forthcoming, co-operative, contrite and sincerely remorseful. They acted rashly and inappropriately, and now see the gravity of their words and actions," vice-president for student affairs Dr. Joe Paul said in a release Tuesday. "This is a teachable moment, not only for these students but for our entire student body and those who work with them."
Angel Rodriguez, the target of the chants, told CNN he heard the heckles, but he didn't pay attention to "that nonsense."
"Their athletic director and personnel from their school came to apologize, and I accepted it," he said.