Wisconsin school launches investigation after student reportedly wears blackface to basketball game
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A Wisconsin school district launched an investigation after a student allegedly wore blackface to a basketball game, the school announced in a letter to students and staff on Monday.

Sun Prairie Area School District said in the letter that a student posted a photo to social media wearing blackface at a girls’ basketball game on Saturday. Peers reportedly intervened, and the student, identified as a male, removed the paint from his face, NBC15 reported.

The student applied the paint at some point during the game, according to the letter, because he did not have the blackface on when he entered, with school officials saying they “would have acted immediately” had it been seen earlier.

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“This behavior is not aligned to our district mission and vision of supporting every child, every day. There is no excuse for it. School administration is working on a full investigation, and the situation is being addressed,” the school said in the letter. 

”In our work to inspire and prepare every child, we know that race matters. Regardless of the intent of the behavior, images of blackface evoke reminders of a racist and painful history for African Americans. The students who immediately recognized the impact of this act directly modeled the courage to address situations that invite racism, depict racism, or contain racist connotations. This incident highlights the importance of our ongoing work to be able to have courageous conversations about race within our schools and our community at large,” it continued.

The district did not disclose the specific school in which the incident took place, in addition to whether the student has been disciplined.

The letter also shared a link to an article on History.com titled “How the History of Blackface is Rooted in Racism,” and it encouraged parents and guardians to use the site to “support your conversations at home.”

The Hill has reached out to the Sun Prairie Area School District for comment.