‘Go back to the Rez’ spray painted on car by Sturgis students

October 12, 2017

STURGIS | Sturgis police say they are aware of a social media post showing what appears to be Sturgis Brown High School students smashing a car with the words “Go back to the Rez” painted on the side.

The police also said in a post on Facebook they are currently working closely with school administration, and the photos circulating online are from a homecoming tradition of bashing a car. That event is no longer sponsored by the school.

It’s an apparent reference to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Sturgis Brown High School plays Pine Ridge High School Friday night at 6 p.m. for Sturgis’ annual football homecoming game.

The photos began circulating on social media Wednesday night and show students standing on top of a four-door sedan and smashing it with sledgehammers. On the car, the words “Go back to the Rez” and “Class of 18″ are spray painted in white letters. A second photo shows a young man standing beside the car with a three-word caption that includes an obscenity and the words Pine Ridge on it.

“The actions of a few do not represent Sturgis Brown High School or the Community of Sturgis,” the Sturgis Police said in a Facebook post early Thursday morning. “We understand the anger being expressed towards the situation.”

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