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Camas High School officials acknowledge ‘inappropriate behavior’ by baseball players

Remarks stem from actions at a junior varsity game last week vs. Skyview

By , Columbian staff writer
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Administrators from Camas High School admit a number of Papermaker baseball players engaged in “inappropriate behavior” during last week’s junior-varsity contest between Camas and Skyview high schools.

In a Tuesday email sent to the Camas community, principal Tom Morris included information shared with Camas’ JV baseball families that read, “Through our conversations with our players, parents, coaches, as well as Skyview coaching and administrative staff, we know that some of our team members engaged in inappropriate behavior” at the April 20 contest at Camas High. 

“We also know that some team members were present while this occurred and did not interrupt these actions. This tells us that we have work to do both as a team and as a system.”

Also Tuesday, administrators met with a mediator who plans to help Camas through restorative practices in the coming weeks, Morris said.

“It is our hope that we will be able to repair and restore our relationship with Skyview and the students affected,” the principal said. “It is important to remember that there is no place for targeting or taunting players, or anything for that matter. Please be respectful and kind, and let the process take its course.”

Morris’ communication to Camas families came one day after Battle Ground and Skyview baseball teams joined forces before first pitch of their 4A GSHL game Monday at Propstra Stadium to take a stand on recent discriminatory events.

On Sunday, Skyview head coach Seth Johnson issued a personal statement about the April 20 incident where Camas players allegedly used racist language toward one of Skyview’s players, who is Black.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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