Ridge Point High students' tweets during pep rally alarm parents

School district says stadium's lights were turned off for about 7 minutes for fireworks display

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

MISSOURI CITY, Texas - Some parents say a pep rally at Ridge Point High in Fort Bend ISD on Thursday night went too far.

The school district said the stadium's lights were turned off for about seven minutes for a fireworks display.  Tweets posted by students say there were fireworks on and off of the field. 

One football player tweeted, "The number of booty that was grabbed was unreal." 

The same player went on to say, "I grabbed a total of seven." 

Another male student responded, "Booty for centuries."

A parent who attended the pep rally and saw the tweets contacted Local 2 and asked to remain anonymous.  The parent said they were concerned for the safety of the girls on the field. 

In a tweet, one girl said, "when the football players started dancing with us, I really felt like my world was about to end. Like my butt has never been grabbed so much." 

Another student Tweeted, "I feel violated. Wth football players, it's dancing not a free rein to grab." 

Another girl said, "Uhm rape. That's what just happened." 

A different student tweeted, "Debating bringing a rape whistle Saturday to keep you boys in check."

Fort Bend ISD Chief Communications Officer Nancy Porter released the following statement Friday. 

Porter told Local 2, "Last night, Ridge Point High School held a pep rally at the school's stadium. At about 8:30 p.m., the lights in the stadium were turned off for about seven minutes for a fireworks display. There were approximately 100 adults and sponsors sitting with the students on the stadium field, and the adults were using their flashlights during the fireworks.

School officials have seen some disturbing tweets that several students sent after the event, and the school administration immediately began an investigation. At this time, none of the students or the sponsors have reported any misconduct at the event, and in a preliminary investigation none of the information shared in the tweets has been substantiated.

We take these allegations seriously, and school officials are working quickly to complete the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, appropriate actions will be taken as necessary."

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