Economy

The City That Pulled a Gun at Black Teens at a Pool Party Is Creating Outrage Again

May 10th 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

The town of McKinney, Texas just became even more infamous.

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The city is facing some backlash after voters supported a measure to fund a $62.8 million, 12,000-seat high school football stadium.

According to Fox Sports, $50.3 million will come from a newly approved $220 million taxpayer funded bond, while the remaining $12.5 million will come from a previous bond vote in 2000.

The district will spend more money combined on the new football stadium than it will on any other any improvements to the district's school facilities, and it will be the most expensive high school stadium in the nation, USA Today reports

This is not the first time that McKinney has created controversy. In 2015, the town made national headlines when a video surfaced showing a white officer pulling out a gun on Black teens at a pool party and aggressively pinning a Black teenage girl to the ground.

The multi-million dollar price tag is not sitting well with people.

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However, those in favor of the stadium argue that it's a much needed addition to the small city. According to Fox News, the stadium will serve as the home field for all three McKinney high schools, and some local officials believe that the stadium will attract restaurants and retail shops to the town.

“My dad and mom have told me the highlights of the bond and how it will benefit many schools in McKinney, student Stephen Pereira told Fox 4 News earlier this year. "[...] It will also give us the new stadium, which we have been waiting on for many years."

But dishing out big bucks for sports facilities is the norm in many public education systems.

According to the International Business Times, at the college level, most public universities lose money on their athletic programs. Although there is less opportunity for reward, schools continue to invest in big sports facilities despite little evidence to prove that football provides major revenue for expanding academic programs or reducing cost of tuition. 

Between 2009 and 2013 public universities reported spending more than $1.8 billion on football costs, while during that same time, public universities reported debt on their athletic field has grown to $7.7 billion, according to International Business Times.