White high school soccer fans chanted, “Donald Trump, build that wall,” at a group of black and Latina players from an opposing team last week in Wisconsin.
Some of the players from the Beloit Memorial girls varsity soccer team walked off the field during the game Thursday at Elkhorn Area High School after they were taunted with racial slurs and the pro-Trump chant, reported WISC-TV.
“They came off the field and weren’t able to finish the game because they were too upset and distraught over what happened to them,” said coach Brian Denu. “One of the girls was cradled in the arms of one of our assistant coaches for a good 15 to 20 minutes.”
Denu said the chant came from a small group of Elkhorn students, but he said it greatly upset his players.
“Those are just words you’ll never be able to take back from those kids and an experience that you wish you could take back,” Denu said. “It was really disturbing for them.”
Elkhorn school officials said they were investigating the “inappropriate/offensive comments,” which they attributed to “a student or two.”
The Beloit coach, who is white, said he hopes the fans who taunted his players understand the hurt they caused.
“My guess is that they’re good kids that have some really bad ideas in their head,” Denu said. “But those were hurtful — and words that you say can last with people for a very, very, very long time.”
Latino players were taunted by white fans chanting Trump’s name during an Iowa high school basketball game in February.
Trump’s name was also used as a racial epithet during a high school basketball game in Indiana, where students held up large printed photos of the Republican presidential candidate’s face and chanted his name at Latino players on an opposing team.
Those fans also chanted “build a wall,” “No comprende” and “speak English.”