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Howell students reprimanded for racist Tweets

HOWELL – High school officials in Howell say they've reprimanded students involved in posting racist messages on Twitter after the school's nearly all-white basketball team defeated a team with black and white players.

The Flint Journal reports messages were posted after Howell beat Grand Blanc on Thursday 54-49 in a Class A regional final at Linden High School. The messages made reference to Howell's team being white and included a Ku Klux Klan reference.

Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock says the school "responded to each instance and is moving forward." The Detroit News and WHMI-FM report the students involved weren't affiliated with the school's basketball program. Howell next plays Tuesday.

Grand Blanc Schools Superintendent Norman Abdella says he believes that Howell administrators will appropriately handle the situation.

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