Palin tells high school girls 'go rogue' after their game in Az is canceled
Sarah Palin told an Illinois high school girls basketball team to "go rogue" after their game in Arizona was canceled because of the state's new immigration law.
"Them are fightin' words when you say a girl can't play in the basketball tournament . . . for political reasons . . . so we're going to see about that," Palin said during a speech Wednesday in Rosemont, Ill., a Chicago suburb, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
Palin said Highland Park High School is still sponsoring a trip to China.
"You know how they treat girls in China?" Palin said. "It makes no sense. Even if they have to do this on our own. . . . If the kids have to 'Go Rogue' girls."
School officials said in a statement, according to FoxNews, that because of the state's new immigration law – which makes it a state crime to be an undocumented immigrant, allows police officers to demand documentation and gives citizens the power to sue authorities for not enforcing the law – Arizona would not be a safe environment for its students.
"We cannot commit at this time to playing at a venue where some of our students’ safety or liberty might be placed at risk because of state immigration law," the statement reads.
Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky told WLS AM-890 that the decision was the school board's, not the city's.
"It's the school board matter and if they feel there's some risk, you've got to respect their decision."
Full statement from District 113
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2010
HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
District 113 Comments on Arizona Trip Decision
There has been significant media attention to Township High School District 113’s decision to not send the Highland Park High School varsity girls’ basketball team to a tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona scheduled for December, 2010. This decision is not a political statement regarding the State of Arizona’s recently enacted legislation regarding immigration.
Rather, under long standing constitutional law, all school districts are required to provide an education to all children within the District’s borders regardless of immigration status. Similarly, when our students travel, the school district is responsible, both legally and ethically, for their safety, security and liberty.
District 113 boasts a diverse student population and, as a school district, we believe in equal opportunity for each of our students. The selection of a varsity basketball team for the 2010-2011 winter athletic season will take place in November, 2010. The team has yet to be selected. We cannot commit at this time to playing at a venue where some of our students’ safety or liberty might be placed at risk because of state immigration law.
We want our girls to play in a competitive holiday tournament and our athletic director is looking for such a venue