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A soccer field in Wisconsin became a field of horrors for one high school team who just couldn’t bear the sound of Donald Trump’s name.
The Elkhorn Area High School girls team held a 5-0 advantage over the Beloit Memorial High School on Thursday when Elkhorn fans started chanting “Donald Trump, build that wall” at the mostly Latina and black team, WISC-TV reported.
Some of the girls ran off the field and one was cradled in the arms of an assistant coach for 15-20 minutes, according to Beloit coach Brian Denu.
“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. It was really disturbing for them,” he told WISC-TV.
“I could just see the hurt and pain on their face and know that this was obviously something that they hadn’t seen before,” he said. “You know, it was from a small pocket of the Elkhorn fans, but those words are things you can’t take back.”
Denu told WISC-TV that because he is a white male, he cannot understand what the girls went through, but he wants them to know he supports them and will help them get through it.
Get through what?
A group of mean fans that Denu himself told WISC-TV was a “small pocket” of people said some not very nice things.
The world does not always play nice.
If you want to help them coach, perhaps a crash course on the fact that the world won’t kowtow to their feelings might be a good start to prepare them for the real world.
But, it’s 2016, and everyone has to jump to help people whose safe space has been violated.
An investigation by the school district is currently underway. No one was physically harmed during the match.
“We have confirmed that some students near the sidelines yelled inappropriate/offensive comments toward some of the players, and a student or two from the student section,” Elkhorn district administrator Jason Tadlock said in an email to WISC-TV. “Our investigation is ongoing, and I would be happy to comment further once it is completed.”
Editor’s note: A previous headline said, in error, “Trump, built that wall,” instead of “Trump build that wall.”
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