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Port Washington students apologize to Nicolet star after in-game taunts perceived as racist

Posted at 3:40 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 16:40:46-05

PORT WASHINGTON — Eight Port Washington High School students wrote an apology letter to Nicolet High's Jalen Johnson after their taunts to the basketball star were perceived as racist.

In photos that surfaced on social media Feb. 13, members of the Port Washington student section held up photos of Johnson wearing a charcoal face mask that some believed was done with racist intentions.

Some of the students involved wrote a letter apologizing to Johnson, saying the taunt was "done in poor judgment" and that going forward they will cheer for their team instead of against their opponent.

Apology letter to Nicolet's Jalen Johnson from Port Washington students

Students and parents said the point of the taunts was to distract and embarrass Johnson for wearing a face mask that often is associated as feminine.

The students' letter ended with asking for forgiveness and wishing Johnson luck during the rest of his season.

Johnson is ranked third in ESPN's Top 60 in the Class of 2020.