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Parents Assail Pep Rally Skit as Racist

November 23, 1987

PLANO, Texas (AP) _ School officials met Monday to consider demands made by black parents upset with a pep rally skit that featured three students dressed in black trash bags with huge red lips.

The three characters in the Friday skit were identified as representing students of Roosevelt High School, a predominantly black school in Dallas which Plano defeated in a playoff football game Friday night.

″The first thing I thought of was, ’Well I guess this is how Plano sees most blacks, with big lips and running around acting stupid,″ said Dexter Lee, a Plano senior who is black.

School officials discussed the skit Monday, but no action was taken immediately, said spokesman Blake Murray. He said Superintendent H. Wayne Hendrick was still investigating the incident.

Michael McReynolds, one of the protesting parents, said he and about 50 other parents talked with Plano Senior High School principal Doyle Dean on Sunday.

The parents are asking for the replacement of cheerleader sponsor Carolyn Rodman, reprimands of Ms. Rodman and Dean, and a public assembly to apologize to Plano and Roosevelt students.

Dean said he and Ms. Rodman knew the pep rally would include a skit, but were not aware of its racial overtones.

″The cheerleader sponsor will be much more careful about that in the future, and I will be much more careful, too,″ he said Sunday.

Of the school’s 2,700 students, 35 to 40 are black, Dean said. He said the skit was offensive to black and white students alike.

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