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Students Banned From Game

Every student at Douglas Freeman High School was banned from last night's basketball game because of chant some are calling inappropriate.

The principal gave the students the boot after a chant making reference to Brokeback Mountain, the recent movie about homosexual cowboys was directed at an opposing player during the last game.

"I guess it wasn't right to cheer what we did but I think the issue has gotten blown out of proportion," one student said.

"You can't ban the students from not being able to go to the game just because it's a hard core rivalry and we're trying to win the game and make 1 or 2 comments towards another player and the other player didn't even care," said another.

Even the cheerleaders were told to stay home.

"It's the district tournament and we should be there to help support them and we're not," a student added.

The principal sent a letter home last month outlining the school's policy which is to cheer for their team not against the opposition, especially not to single out an individual student. The Brokeback Mountain chants violated that policy so all the students were locked out.

Most students say it's a lesson learned.

"The next game we're gonna show up full spirit and cheer the right way this time."

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