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Warrensburg superintendent apologizes after students turn backs to opposing players at high school basketball game

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WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- A high school tradition of students turning their backs when the opposing team is announced has some believing the custom is unsportsmanlike and racist.

The video was shared 2,500 times in 15 hours on Facebook.

Dr. Scott Patrick, Superintendent of the Warrensburg School District said what happened during the game Monday night was not uncommon. In fact, he says it's a school tradition, a tradition he admits is unsportsmanlike, but he insists it has nothing to do with the racial makeup of the opposing team.

"There's never been any intent to disrespect students or opponents in anyway due to race or anything like that," Dr. Patrick said.

A spokesperson from the Center school district said students felt disrespected.

"We are always concerned when our students and families feel this way and we're making sure we take care of them and love on them", said Kelly Wachel, Center school district spokesperson.

Dr. Patrick said he apologizes on behalf of his students in the Warrensburg school district but he thinks the reason the video was shared has a lot to do with a student from his district holding up a Trump/Pence sign.

Dr. Patrick said he hopes students will use would happen as a lesson and he wants to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Center High School left Warrensburg with a win, 66-62.