A group of Native American kids and their chaperones were harassed during a Rapid City Rush hockey game in South Dakota on January 24, according to reports.
Students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen were sitting below a VIP suite when an estimated 15 people began shouting racial slurs at the kids and then proceeded to dump beer on the group.
Chaperone Justin Poor Bear wrote on his Facebook wall that the students were told to “go back to the reservation.” He told ABC News affiliate KOTA that he confronted the aggressors and they invited him up to the VIP section to “fight about it.”
"My father instinct, leadership, whatever you may call it, got up and [I] told those drunks, 'Who fucking spilled alcohol on our kids?'" Poor Bear wrote. "Maybe [out] of anger, but I was protective and the safety of our kids were violated ..."
Tom Helland, president of Rapid City beer distributor Eagle Sales, said guests of the company suite were responsible for the harassment and he released a statement apologizing for the incident, the Associated Pressreported.
Officials of the Rapid City Rush and Eagle Sales are reportedly looking into the incident. Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer told the Associated Press they are working to determine the identity of the alleged harassers. If identified, they could be banned from future events at the center, Baltzer said.
Poor Bear wrote that some of the students had never been to a hockey game. This was their first experience.
Helland told KOTA the company is working with the Rush to invite the kids back so they can experience a game without harassment.