The Latest: South Dakota high school cancels homecoming

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STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on an incident in which students at a South Dakota high school allegedly painted a message on a car (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A South Dakota high school will forfeit its homecoming football game and cancel its dance and parade after the words "Go back to the Rez" were painted on a car.

Sturgis Brown High School is investigating after photos posted on social media showed students destroying the car. Sturgis Brown was scheduled to play Pine Ridge School, from the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Friday night.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Meade School Board voted 8-0 on Thursday to cancel all remaining homecoming activities.

Superintendent Don Kirkegaard said the students who painted the car also painted the school and community as racist.

A photo also shows people hitting a car with sledgehammers. The ritual used to be homecoming tradition but is no longer sponsored by the school.

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2:30 p.m.

A South Dakota high school is investigating photos posted on social media that show students destroying a car with "Go back to the Rez" painted on the side.

Sturgis Brown High School is scheduled to play Pine Ridge School, from the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Friday night. Sturgis Brown Principal Pete Wilson told The Associated Press that he learned of the posts Wednesday night.

Wilson says the situation "hurts the student body."

The Rapid City Journal reports that a photo shows people hitting a car with sledgehammers. The ritual used to be homecoming tradition but is no longer sponsored by the school.

Wilson says it's unclear if the game will be played.

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