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Racial Incident Between Randall & Palo Duro High

 Tonight, a student is in hot water and a school district is on damage control after a racially charged incident.

It was Friday when racial slurs and taunts were allegedly brought to the basketball court during a game between Randall High and Palo Duro.

NewsChannel 10's Blaire Arvin has more.

Calls and emails flooded our newsroom all day about this incident...

And all day we worked to get to the bottom of what happened.

Cheers from the crowd quickly turned silent Friday evening as the Palo Duro hoops team faced off at Randall High.

"Out of no where somebody from Randall's side just threw a banana on the court," says Chris Brown, a Palo Duro Junior.

We are told racial insults followed.

"We was coming out people was making monkey noises and stuff," says Brown.

School officials took action tracking down the Randall student responsible for such disgraceful behavior.

But days later, some are still bothered.

"I'm mad about the situation," says Victoria Dailey.

"That was disrespectful to us," says Brown.

Even Randall students.

"I don't condone what he did that's a horrible act of racism... that's just the ideas of one student that doesn't reflect Randall we aren't racist," says Kyle Kirkland, a Randall High Junior. 

And that's the message school officials want to get across, especially Randall's principal.

He personally made a trip to Palo Duro this morning.

"He apologized to the whole school," says Brown. 

"It shows its a good step to take and what we really think about this," says Kirkland.

A good step that will hopefully put an end to such misbehavior between two rivals.

As for the student accused in the controversy, school officials tell us he is being dealt with.

The Canyon and Amarillo Independent School Districts sent NewsChannel 10 a joint statement about the incident today.

Here's what they had to say:

"There is no animosity between the two high schools... Randall High School and Palo Duro High School look forward to continuing friendly competition."

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