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After Students Chant 'Build The Wall,' District Apologizes

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Students at Woods Cross High School chant "build the wall" during a Friday night football game.

The Davis School District has issued an apology after students attending a football game last week chanted “build the wall," a frequent rally cry during President Donald Trump's campaign.

Videos of the chant at Woods Cross High School quickly circulated on social media. And at first glance it looks like a typical scene of students cheering on their team from the stands. But they’re not cheering exactly.


One student appears to be holding up a cardboard cutout of President Trump.

On Monday the district responded with a statement saying that the student-led chant had caused some very serious concern in the community and that “many introspective discussions have taken place at Woods Cross.” They then offered apologies from administrators and the students involved.

It’s unclear what exactly motivated the students.

Like most neighboring schools, Woods Cross is mostly white - 80 percent of the student body to be exact, while 10 percent of the students are Hispanic.


Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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