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Catholic Central President comments on racist letter sent to Cass Tech

This letter image was sent to one of The Oakland Press' twitter accounts last night.

Tuesday night a letter filled with racist remarks sent to Detroit Cass Tech football coach Thomas Wilcher made its rounds on Twitter.

The letter, which was sent in the aftermath of Cass Tech's 49-13 victory over Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the Division 1 state championship game last weekend, labels Cass Tech players as "ghetto warriors" and "utter failures" and suggested to Wilcher that in five years his players would be either "in jail, addicted to drugs, or worse."

The letter also labeled Detroit Public Schools as a "holding tank."

Wednesday morning, Novi Detroit Catholic Central President Richard Ranalletti told MLive.com that "We find that kind of a racist attitude and a very sad comment on the times. My hope is that this is a misguided child."

Ranalletti also said Catholic Central officials searched the school's student, parent and alumni databases and found no match to the name signed to the letter. In his comments to MLive, Ranalletti added "We take very much pride in our teams and everything else. We were at the height of our season and our game, and (Cass Tech) really beat us. We hope we'll meet them again. Anything along the lines of denigrating their abilities or academics is so far out of the things we believe in."

Among other things, the letter accuses Cass Tech of having poor academic standards for its students, particularly its athletes, even though Detroit Public Schools require student athletes to maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible ó which is higher than the minimum standards allowed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Cass Tech has a reputation for being one of the best academically performing schools in the City of Detroit and according to records, had a graduation rate of 95.5 percent last year.

Attempts made by The Oakland Press to contact Wilcher and the Cass Tech athletic department this morning were not immediately successful. Detroit Public Schools communications director Jennifer Mrozowski said in a statement "This sort of trash is not worthy of a response."

Cass Tech entered the state playoffs with just a 6-3 record and was a heavy underdog going into the state championship game against the Shamrocks. The Technicians victory over Catholic Central marked the first time a school from Detroitís Public School League had won a Division 1 football state championship.

Twitter comments regarding the letter sent to The Oakland Press last night and this morning include the following:

@JDue51: "I hope you print that man's name in the paper. What a disgrace."

@jeheye: "PLEASE TELL ME THIS LETTER IS NOT REAL!"

@TheD_Zone: "The person tried so hard to write it too, which is sad. I hope everyone from Detroit reads it... for me it would be motivation."

@68CElliott: As a graduate of a catholic league school itís sad someone wrote this and I hope itís not a catholic league person.

@Esco89: Wow thatís said I hope that person is not involved with CC in any way #noclass



Email Ross Maghielse at ross.maghielse@oakpress.com and follow him on Twitter @Maghielse.

Last Updated: 11/30/2011 5:39:37 PM EST

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