A Pennsylvania high school boys soccer team is facing repercussions after allegedly taunting an opposing player of West African descent with chants about Ebola.
The Northampton High School’s soccer coaches resigned on Tuesday and the involved students will face disciplinary action.
According to The Morning Call, the school district finished their investigation into the incident on Tuesday and, according to Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, “appropriate discipline will be dispensed to any students who violated the code of conduct.”
The taunting occurred in a match against Nazareth High School last week when a 16-year-old player for Nazareth was reportedly the target of racial slurs as well as Ebola comments.
According to the targeted teen’s guardian, he came to the United States about three years ago from a small town in Guinea, where his parents still live.
"I think some of it was trash talk. He had scored the first goal," said Edward Bachert, a local police chief whose family took in the boy three years ago. "Getting him out of the game was certainly an advantage. I don’t know if that was the strategy."
During last week’s game, the teen was reportedly distressed by the alleged Ebola remarks and charged a Northampton player for which he was ejected from the game.
However, Nazareth students have rallied around him. Some have worn bracelets and posted tweets with the message, “EndRacism.”
Try to find me in the halls tomorrow and ill be selling the bracelets for $2 each. Everyone’s support is appreciated! pic.twitter.com/XTab9fJJ89— JT Freed (@jt_freed)October 14, 2014
"When there’s a teachable moment, we’re going to take advantage of that," Kovalchik said of his meeting with the Northampton players. "Education is life-long. It’s ongoing."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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