In some non-Election Day news, this story is the talk of the town in Charlotte, NC today.
When Charlotte Catholic’s boys’ soccer team got to Forestview High School in Gastonia on Saturday night for an N.C. 3A playoff game, the Cougars heard something over the public address system they never would’ve expected:
A 90-second portion of a speech from Adolf Hitler.
“We were warming up,” said Catholic coach Gary Hoilett, “and all of us stopped and looked up at the booth. We were just real shocked. It was obviously a Hitler speech. The voice was coming across clearly. Everybody knew.”
Forestview’s players took the field after the speech ended.
But before the game, Hoilett said, some Forestview players were chanting something in German that means “On to victory,” according to one of his players who speaks German. Hoilett, who is black, said that during the game some Forestview players directed racial epithets at his two black players.
Here is the response from the Principal of Forestview.
On behalf of the Forestview soccer team, Coach Shearer, Forestview High School, and myself I want to apologize for the playing of the CD during Saturday night’s soccer game. It was inappropriate and should not have been played.
Sometime back Coach Shearer and the team started using “On to victory” as a slogan. We have a German exchange student on our team. He taught our students to say it in German. Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA [public address system].
They copied it from a speech by Hitler but could not just copy the “on to victory” and got too much of the speech. Student intent was to only play the “on to victory” clip. Unfortunately at one time a good bit of the speech was played on the PA during the pre-game.
Coach Shearer was not aware that they had made this clip and that they intended to play it. I was at the ballgame Saturday night but did not hear it. I also was not aware of the clip. This is the first time the clip was ever used. It certainly is an error in judgement on the part of some of our students. They indicated to me that they had no malice and no intent to hurt others. They were using the slogan to motivate themselves.
We have conducted a full investigation and will continue to do so. We are not taking this lightly and already have in place some precautions for our next game.
I apologize for the CD playing. It should never have been played. I will meet with the team to make sure they understand the seriousness of this action. I will further work with our team and fans to emphasize proper game behavior.
Now, I can totally underestand this explanation — it passes the “sniff test” for me. But I think this is a perfect example of how “moral equivalism” is conquering our society. When US Senators (*cough* Durbin, Kerry *cough*) label the US Armed Forces as “terrorists and baby killers” and claim they are doing the same things as Nazis, then hey — what’s the big deal with blaring a 30-second clip of Adolf Hitler.
After all, probably only one Forestview guy (the German exchange student) knew the full translation anyway….. the rest of the kids just knew “on to victory” was in the ranting gibberish somewhere.
There is such a thing as a difference between “good” and “evil” and between “right” and “wrong”. When the lines are blurred by our media, our elected leaders and our public school teachers, then I’m not surprised that something like this would happen.