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Jenks school district condemns tweet sent by football account

Posted: 1:03 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 21:06:48Z

JENKS Okla. -- The Jenks school district has condemned a tweet sent by a Jenks football Twitter account, which referenced the Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick that has caused some controversy.

"We'll just say we are thankful to have @UnderArmour as our partner and leave it at that," wrote the  Twitter account at 9:57 a.m.

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Nike's new "Just Do It" ad campaign features free agent quarterback Kaepernick as the face, and reads, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." 

The tweet has since been deleted.

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Parents within the district reached out to 2 Works for You with complaints about the tweet.

The school district issued a statement about the tweet, which it called "completely inappropriate."

The school district also said the account is not affiliated with Jenks Public Schools or the Jenks Athletic Department, and was created by someone, who is not an employee of Jenks Public Schools, who intended to promote the football team.

Read below:

“Jenks Public Schools sincerely apologizes for the recent tweet from @JenksFootball making an indirect reference to Nike. The tweet posted by the @JenksFootball Twitter account was completely inappropriate. The views expressed in the tweet are most certainly not in line with the views of Jenks Public Schools or the views of the Jenks Athletic Department. The @JenksFootball account is not affiliated with Jenks Public Schools or the Jenks Athletic Department.

All accounts managed by District personnel seek to only promote the achievements of students and staff, and to share positive, informative messages with the entire Jenks community. The account was created by an individual intending to promote the Jenks Football program. However, the account was created without the knowledge or consent of a Jenks administrator, coach, or employee. An account using the Jenks name, colors, or logos, should never be used as a platform for political or religious statements.

Jenks Public Schools and the Jenks Athletic Department are committed to creating an environment of inclusion, diversity, and accountability for all students to learn and to compete.”

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