‘Just upset’: Butler HS cheerleaders display ‘privilege’ banner at football game

'Just upset': Butler HS cheerleaders display 'privilege' banner at football game

CHARLOTTE – Dozens of local parents have contacted Channel 9, upset over a banner displayed at a high school football game.

On Friday, Charlotte Catholic played against Butler High School. During the game, Butler’s cheerleaders held up a sign that read, “Smell it, smell it. Can you smell it? $Privilege$,” with the word privilege painted in white.

“I was really surprised. My first reaction with other parents was ‘Wow,'” Melissa Swanson told Channel 9. “It was disappointing, and because it was allowed I took it completely off guard. “Here we are in this school with a bunch of rich white kids who have it easy” was how I interpreted it.

Swanson said she is a single parent and her biracial son at St. He goes to Gabriel Catholic School. He said the message of the sign is far from its truth.

“I am a single mother and I only finance my son’s education with my hard work. It’s not my parents’ money, it’s not anybody else’s money, it’s mine,” Swanson said.

Other parents upset with the sign took to social media over the weekend, urging the school district to do something about it. In an emailed statement to Channel 9, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school said:

“CMS is aware of an insensitive banner displayed by the Butler HS cheerleading squad prior to the school’s football game against Charlotte Catholic on Friday.

Team members and supervising adults will suffer consequences for this banner. School and district officials will not release specific information about this disciplinary matter.

Senior Superintendent Tangela Williams Golden and Learning Community have spoken with Charlotte Catholic leaders to offer verbal apologies.

Butler High School cheerleaders have sent a letter of apology to their members at Charlotte Catholic.

Soon there will be a meeting between the groups of school cheerleaders, to facilitate goodwill and understanding.’

A parent of a Butler student told Channel 9 he stands by the students who created the sign.

“It’s reality. I mean, as a parent you can get upset, but kids have their own minds and they see things the way they are,” said Alford Terry. “We have to listen to what they have to say.”

Charlotte Catholic Principal Kurt Telford sent the following statement to Channel 9:

“We appreciate the outreach we have received from the Butler High School community and are confident that our good relationship with them will continue. We understand how emotions surrounding sporting events can sometimes lead to actions that do not represent the values ​​of an institution. It is our hope that everyone learns from moments like these, ultimately as a community. because we are one.”

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