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Como Park girls' soccer players targets of racial abuse in Mahtomedi

Mahtomedi Public Schools has launched an investigation and condemned the chants.

Mahtomedi Public Schools is investigating after members of a St. Paul high school girls' soccer team were subjected to racial slurs at a game last week.

The team from Como Park Senior High School were playing at Mahtomedi High School on Oct. 15, when some of its members were subjected to racially motivated taunts from some male students in the crowd.

The Pioneer Press reports that the students, many of whom are Asian-American, were called Asian food names, as well as being told to go back to their countries.

In a statement sent to BMTN, Mahtomedi Public Schools says it's investigating after learning of allegations concerning "racially-motivated harassment and inappropriate behavior" at the game.

"We take these allegations very seriously and do not tolerate harassment on or off the fields at Mahtomedi Public Schools," it added.

"The behavior that has been reported does not reflect our expectations and values as a school community."

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The school district says it's been in contact with Como Park and St. Paul Public Schools, and says it intends to have "restorative conversations in the near future where students can discuss the events of the game together, understand their impact, and learn from each other."

"We are saddened and angry by these allegations and we will support and work with Mahtomedi and Como Park Senior High School students, families, and administrators to move our school communities forward."

The PiPress notes that parents of the Como Park team players have made a complaint to the Minnesota State High School League. 

It also sparked criticism from a group of state lawmakers, among them Rep. John Lesch (D-St. Paul), who issued a statement on Thursday saying that responsibility for reporting such racist taunts shouldn't be on the parents of the players target.

"We all must do better in calling out, and working to stop, reprehensible behavior like this. Our kids aren’t born to display bigotry; this is learned behavior," they wrote.

"As adults, we have a responsibility to be intentional as we instill values of acceptance, respect, and civility."

No. 1-ranked Mahtomedi won the game 3-0, and has since advanced to the state championships which will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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