Outrage as teachers scramble for money in ‘disturbing’ hockey game
While most halftime games at local sporting events may involve a performance by a marching band or singers and dancers, school teachers across the United States have been forced to scramble for tickets. a dollar during intermission at a game in South Dakota. Now the video of the ‘inhumane’ event in a ‘race for money’ has enraged netizens online, prompting the hosts to issue an apology.
For a charity event, teachers in South Dakota were forced to pick and put $1 bills on their hands and knees during the Sioux Falls Stampede game in Sioux Falls. Teachers were seen battling for dollar bills worth $5,000 to fund projects for their classrooms over the weekend.
The Sioux Falls Stampede hockey team had urged fans not to miss the game held at the first-ever “Dash for Cash” for entertainment. Cheered on by fans, 10 teachers from local schools gathered around a large piece of carpet on the ice, picking up wads of cash and stuffing their sweatshirts, caps and even gloves.
Videos shared by a local reporter on Twitter as well as a few viewers have gone viral, with many calling the game “disturbing and dystopian”.
JUST IN: A South Dakota arena is holding a ‘Dash for Cash’ where teachers kneel and fight over dollar bills they can use for school supplies while onlookers watch and cheer. (h/t @AnnieTodd96) pic.twitter.com/jIht84Ls9W
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) December 12, 2021
CU Mortgage Direct bank and the Sioux Falls Stampede, the event’s organizers, said the event was intended to help raise funds for area teachers and their classrooms. The Stampede had received 31 applications and ten teachers were randomly selected to participate in the cash scramble game. “The ten participating teachers received over $5,000 combined and a minimum of $500 each. Each teacher was profiled and introduced prior to the event as we highlighted their school and what the funds would be used for,” they said in a statement.
However, they apologized after the event drew attention online. “While our intention was to provide a positive and fun experience for teachers, we can see how demeaning and insulting this feels to participating teachers and the teaching profession as a whole,” they said. “We deeply regret and apologize to all teachers for any embarrassment this may have caused.”
As the backlash continued, organizers also promised they would provide “an additional $500 to teachers who attended the event as well as $500 to the 21 additional contestants who were unable to attend.” In total, the two parties will contribute an additional $15,500 to area teachers.
Here’s what netizens said after the video went viral:
Teachers have to crawl to find dollar bills for the kids in their class.
Donald Trump has raised 1 BILLION DOLLARS for his new social network in a few days.
But whatever you do, don’t worry. https://t.co/egjxc3KdPB
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 12, 2021
Disgusting & dehumanizing. Tax the billionaires already. It’s dystopian.
The South Dakota arena is having a “Dash for Cash” where teachers get on their knees and fight for $1 bills to use for classroom supplies while people watch and cheer.😳
SD ranks 29th in K-12 educationpic.twitter.com/JCaLabloYd
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 13, 2021
On all fours.
Collecting 1 dollar bills for the amusement of a crowd.
What a lack of respect towards the people you entrust with educating your children. https://t.co/5iYknl0LH0
— Jesse Cox (@JesseCox) December 12, 2021
teachers, on all fours, grabbing $1 bills to buy school supplies, to the delight of a crowd. yeah, totally uplifting and fun not at all totally dystopian
– the collagen machine broke🌾♿️ (@katimcf) December 12, 2021
this is absolutely humiliating… why couldn’t they just give them that money, and it’s $1 bills… how are you kidding me… no one would be anywhere without some form of education. Pay teachers more https://t.co/T1Fb4CX9Vj
— C (@C_michael0720) December 13, 2021
How many people would do this for their job? Would cooks do this to buy dishes for the place where they work? Or are doctors doing this to buy hospital equipment? Maybe the secretaries use the money to buy a copier? These teachers can’t even keep that money. It’s for their class. Very sad.
– Mary in MO (@MaryK1987) December 12, 2021
They could have done a Spotlight On Teachers and awarded them each a check instead of having them crawl and compete with other teachers in a totally demeaning way. Literally ANYTHING would have been better than THIS! It’s just disgusting!
— handled (@handeled11) December 12, 2021
It’s not enough to teach teachers to fight for their lives and the lives of students in the event of a shooting, we make them fight for money to buy school supplies as “entertainment”. https://t.co/Ju2uCyLN83
– The Volatile Siren (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 14, 2021
I am saddened! We do not treat our teachers properly. The system fails us. We must do better! #DemVoice1 https://t.co/XI5z8wywR2
— Tobi Baker (@tobipradasri88) December 14, 2021
You watch teachers scrounge up $1 bills that can be used for school supplies.
When I start seeing lawyers, judges, doctors, CEOs, and other professionals doing the same, I’ll be okay with that. Until then, give them the money or don’t! 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/TWA4L9KHXa
— Coach Brandon Wilcox (@CoachWilcox55) December 14, 2021