Students from American Horse School at Allen on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — A warrant has been filed for the arrest of Trace O’Connell, 41, of Philip, South Dakota for spraying Pine Ridge Indian students and their chaperones with beer at a Rush hockey game at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.
O’Connell is charged with one count of disorderly conduct, which is far short of the child abuse charges and even hate crime parents of the 57 students wanted to result from the racist incident.
Adult witnesses from the American Horse School in Allen, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation allege O’Connell told the students to “go back to the reservation.”
According to a Phlip, South Dakota website, Trace O’Connell is listed as a coordinator of softball in the small town. A call by Native News Online to the Philip Chamber of Commerce yielded little information about O’Connell even though he is listed on the website.
The charge could result in a thirty-day in jail and a $500 fine for O’Connell, if convicted.
A court official told Native News Online that O’Connell has yet to be arraigned, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
A call by Native News Online to O’Connell has yet to be returned.