Athletes at Oregon’s Most Diverse High School Describe a Yearslong Pattern of Racial Harassment When They Travel to a Rival School

Last month, the 22 players on the Parkrose High School girls' basketball teams boarded a bus going out of town. Their destination was hostile territory: a gymnasium in St. Helens, a town 30 minutes' drive northwest of Portland.

What happened at St. Helens High School that night, Jan. 23, made statewide news: Parkrose girls' varsity basketball coach Krystal Forthan alleged a group of fans made monkey noises at Parkrose's black players, and some St. Helens students used the N-word.

Forthan told KPTV Fox 12 the slur was used "maybe 15 times. It started in the [junior varsity] game. A few parents heard it. Then it trickled over into the varsity game. I was called a gay N-word."

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