New Ulm students speak out on school culture

NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) — Last month, during a high school basketball game between New Ulm and St. Peter, a St. Peter player was the victim of hate speech because of his sexuality.

Since then, New Ulm has held a town hall meeting to discuss the incident. New Ulm students speak out about their high school culture.


“Maybe the purpose of the assembly was kind of to quell these constant comments and stuff, but in reality it was really targeting people who were particularly in defense of Alex. [Bosacker]said New Ulm junior Teagan Hughes.

New Ulm Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Bertrang issued an apology Monday for the incident.

These students said that this behavior during the basketball game was not unusual.

“I hope the real consequences of the actions of these bullies will be taken and not just a pat on the wrist or a disingenuous apology,” said New Ulm junior Zachary Ramirez.

In the future, these students hope to see changes within their high school and they hope that this assembly will move the conversation in the right direction.

The City of New Ulm will hold a unity event to show support for the LGBTQ+ community at 1 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Center and Broadway streets.

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Martha K. Merrill