November 16, 2021
The La Grande School District, Gladstone School District, and Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) are in close coordination regarding allegations of racial slurs during a recent 4A playoff football game against Gladstone on November 5, 2021. While the investigation of what occurred continues, we are issuing a joint statement to express an intent towards solidarity and reciprocity in resolving a difficult situation in order to build trust and strength in the relationship between our districts.
The La Grande School District deeply regrets that the Gladstone players, coaching staff, parents, and fans did not have a positive experience competing against La Grande High School. The district is proud of our history of sportsmanship, so we take the situation very seriously. The La Grande School District is responding to the incident in coordination with Gladstone School District and OSAA in acknowledgement of the need for conversation, investigation, and understanding at every level from district administration to coach to student. To that end, the OSAA will work with an independent investigator and take action upon completion of the
Together, we are diligently following applicable policies to gather information and take the appropriate actions, as well as going beyond what is required for the sake of our students.
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LGSD-Gladstone-OSAA Joint Letter 11-16-21