Drew Nate | IE Voice
In response to the recent verbal racist assaults on Moreno Valley’s Valley View High School Cheerleaders by students at Temecula Valley High School, the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio is calling on local residents to do more to protect children from such acts of racism.
On August 20th, at Temecula Valley High School (TVHS), cheerleaders from Valley View High School (VVHS) in Moreno Valley, California were allegedly targeted with racial slurs and ‘monkey noises’ by Temecula Valley High School fans during the football game.
Sabria Rose, a junior on the varsity cheerleading squad Valley View, spoke with KTLA5 News and said that she and her teammates had racial slurs directed at them and were told they were “on the wrong side of town.”
“This boy stopped me and said that he liked my hair and kind of played with the ends,” she explained. “And then the boys on the fence. We went past them, and they started making monkey noises.”
Her teammate Kharissa Darden also heard people shouting “go away.”
“People were staring and turning and snickering to their friends like they haven’t seen a person of my skin color or my teammates’ skin color,” she told Fox11.
This is not the first race related incident Temecula Valley High School has faced. In November 2020, an African-American senior at the school named Solona Husband, was targeted with racist graffiti. She expressed her belief it was done in retaliation for her protesting a Confederate flag painted onto a student’s parking space.
Girl Scouts Take a Stand
In an open letter dated August 31, Cynthia H. Breunig, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio spoke on the recent incident as one of the team members on the Valley View Cheer squad is also a current Girl Scout. In the letter she gave a call to action to residents of the Inland Empire.
“Pockets of racism exist throughout the Inland Empire, despite denials from a vocal few that turn a blind eye to the truth,” Breunig declared. “The Valley View girls are being surrounded by love and support. They will heal, but scars will remain. We know this because girls and young people have been our focus for over a century.”
Breunig’s statement included the following call to action, “We call on like-minded citizens and organizations to band together with Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio to protect our children from racism, just as we protect them from other forms of abuse.”
The Temecula Valley Unified School District has stated it is working with the Moreno Valley Unified School District to address the situation.
Last week (VVHS) filed a formal complaint with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) against TVHS citing a series of incidents that occurred at Temecula Valley on August 20.
Drew Nate is a recent graduate of La Sierra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. As a student he researched and wrote on topics of interest including international climate change, social justice, fashion and criminal justice reform for the University’s student run newspaper.
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