Sturgis Homecoming Cancelled Amid Racist Photo Investigation

STURGIS – Schools officials in Sturgis have cancelled all homecoming events scheduled for Friday, after photos surfaced on social media of students destroying a car with a racist message painted on the side.

A post on social media shows students using a sledgehammer on a car with the words “Go back to the Rez” painted on the side. Sturgis Brown was scheduled to play Pine Ridge from the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  The “car bash” ritual used to be homecoming tradition, but is no longer sponsored by the school.

The Meade County School Board decided during an executive session on Thursday to cancel Friday’s home game against Pine Ridge, as well as all scheduled events, including the homecoming parade.

Sturgis Brown Principal Pete Wilson told The Associated Press that he learned of the posts Wednesday night. Wilson says the situation “hurts the student body.”