Watermelon at football game racially insensitive, principals say

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Officials say the act of Kentucky high schoolers passing a watermelon around at a football game was racially insensitive and is being investigated.

News outlets report the watermelon was lifted by Ballard High School students at an away game for Louisville Central High School. Both schools’ principals wrote letters to parents since the game Friday night and say they’ll work together to handle the situation.

Ballard Principal Jason Neuss says he takes responsibility for his student’s actions and recognizes they were inappropriate.

Central Principal Raymond Green says he’s confident Neuss will respond as needed to address the uncomfortable racial implications of the students’ actions.

County schools data shows Central’s student body was 77 percent black and 8 percent white last school year. Ballard’s was 33 percent black and 55 percent white.

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