Mendocino Basketball Players Banned For I Can't Breathe T-Shirts

Posted: Dec 29 2014, 8:18am CST | by , Updated: Dec 29 2014, 8:21am CST, in News | Also on the Geek Mind


Mendocino basketball players Banned for I Can't Breathe T-Shirts
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The girls and boys basketball teams at Mendocino High School have been wearing ‘I can’t breathe’ T-shirts during practice sessions. They wore it as a protest to Eric Garner incident from Staten Island, NY. Fort Bragg uninvited the Mendocino’s teams from the tournament on the pretext of security issues.

Eric Garner was a young man who was arrested by the police in Staten Island. He was wrestled to the ground by the policemen and he uttered ‘I can’t breathe’ while he choked to his death. Protesters have adopted his last line to protest against the increasing police racism.

The athletes at Mendocino High School decided to protest in their own way. The basketball team players have started wearing shirt with the slogan ‘I Can’t Breathe’ on their shirts. They have worn it to several warm up and practices and despite being discouraged by the school principal, except a few, the athletes refused to stop wearing these shirts.

The Fort Bragg high school would be holding a three-day tournament to which they uninvited the teams of Mendocino High School. Fort Bragg principal Rebecca Walker admitted that they were a small county high school which does not have enough resources to ensure the security of its students, staff and visiting teams.

Especially if one of the teams was directly participating in an active political statement making which could lead to an instigation among the crowds. She defended that they had only uninvited the high school teams on the basis of security issues and not to make any statements or political debacle. 

The girls team of Mendocino High School however will be taking it up by protesting in front of Fort Bragg High School about their freedom of speech. The staff has appreciated that the young generation is aware of the world around them and are completely aware of and have opinions about what is happening in the country. 

Although their teachers might not be as aware as the students are. Caedyn Feehan, head coach of the Mendocino girls team, admitted that she had no idea of the actual context of the message their wearing and thought it was only a joking statement for her tough coaching style. 

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