03-21-2017, 02:26 AM
You're pushing the race-baiting story a bit too hard. Contrary to SF's suggestion, Nothing in the story indicates identifying the alleged speakers, attempt to identify, or opportunity to do so. Further, the school released a statement indicating that they were unaware of any such activity, and that no one brought it to their attention on the day of the competition. Angletac's conclusion is correct that they did not raise the allegation when the alleged acts occurred, but afterwards.
As to the allegations, from the story itself despite many parents and multiple teams from 20 communities at the event there are no other witnesses at all corroborating the allegations other than from the Pleasant Run contingent itself. In fact the story reports the hosting school specifically released a statement that it was unaware of any such activity, and no one brought it to their attention on the day of the competition. In fact, the the story indicates even the Pleasant Run coaches who were right there did not witness the alleged comments, as the story reports the coach and co-coach "after learning of the incident" gathered the team. In additional fact, the story only quotes the kids as saying rude comments were made. That is probably true, as rude comments are likely to be heard at any inter-school competition rivalry. From the story itself then, the allegation for the quoted bigoted comments however, appear to emanate not from the kids or coaches but from a single parent.
And of course as was pointed out, promoting the allegation and whipping up such a story is not only fashionably chic, but also a means to garner publicity and sympathy that directly led to funding 150% of the fundraising very quickly.
But one of the strongest reasons to doubt the version of events as portrayed by the allegations in the story, is that the video accompanying the story that shows the team members competing directly contradicts the allegation that "While the children were competing, one or two parents disparaged the Pleasant Run kids with racist comments — and loud enough for the Pleasant Run families to hear."