Controversial Football Banner Draws National Attention

WPMI-Local 15
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September 7, 2012

Spanish Fort High School is receiving some unwanted attention after its big football matchup against Daphne High School this week. The game was nationally televised on ESPN, and so was a controversial sign held by a group of students in the stands.

The sign read: Purple? Man, that’s GAY. Purple is one of Daphne’s team colors. A screen shot of the banner made headlines Wednesday on Yahoo, NBC Sports and espn.com, among other websites.

“It was a gimmick to get national attention, and they were successful at that,” says Baldwin County Schools Spokesman Terry Wilhite. “What they wont be successful at is doing it again.”

Wilhite says the school district isn’t taking the sign lightly, and wants to send a clear message that intolerant behavior is unacceptable.

“After the game, the students were spoken to. And then back when school resumed the students were again spoken to by the principal and he, believe me, will carry out a disciplinary action,” Wilhite says.