Parents, Students Concerned about High School Football Chant

A big Friday night football game between Hough High and Mallard Creek ended with a lot of people talking about something that happened off the football field.

Qon Murphy said, "Mallard Creek was beating us pretty bad, and they started saying ‘It’s alright, it’s ok, you’ll work for us someday’ and I thought it was wrong to say." Murphy is a sophomore at Hough, and took to Twitter to apologize on behalf of his classmates, for what some say was an inappropriate and even racist chant, by students toward the football players of Mallard Creek. Murphy said, "The black students at our school, thought it was directed at them."

Murphy was there, and heard the chant, a chant that is often heard at college football games across the country. Murphy thinks this one had negative connotations. "Not all the time will we be working for them, but I don't think it was the right thing to say," he said.

William Murray is also a Hough student, and was at the football game too. While he says the chant itself is not racist, he thinks it was mean spirited. Murray said, "I don't remember the exact words, but I think it was toward them in a bad way, because Mallard Creek isn't a liked school."

We were contacted by viewers who were concerned about the phrase "It's alright, it's ok, you'll be working for me some day." One Mallard Creek mom said, "We need to readjust our focus when it comes to teaching the importance of acceptance and equality. Racism issues start at home, and should not have to be something students have to deal with. Let's ensure that both children and adults are aware of the importance of acceptance among every race. Not only at school, but at home."

CMS is also using what happened as an opportunity to remind the student body of their mission of character, which states in part “Character education promotes a positive school climate where students are more polite, honest and respectful, enhances student achievement by improving school attendance and reducing classroom conflicts, and encourages community involvement and a lifelong commitment to helping others.”