Three Wisconsin elementary school children were chanting “Donald Trump, build that wall” at Latina and black soccer players from Beloit Memorial High School.
The voices behind racist chants that disturbed black and Latina high school girls soccer players came from Wisconsin schoolchildren, officials revealed.
A friendly soccer match between the girls at Beloit Memorial and Elkhorn High School quickly turned into an ugly, racist mess on Thursday, as three elementary school girls yelled, “Donald Trump, build that wall!” at the players of color on the field, Jason Tadlock, a district administrator for Elkhorn Area School District, told the Daily News.
Later during the game, two high school boys were chanting “Trump” to taunt Beloit Memorial’s soccer players. Witnesses said Elkhorn’s fans also spewed several racial slurs at the girls on the field.
The two schools, which face off once a year for an exhibition because they’re not in the same conference, usually have friendly games, but Thursday’s match turned to chaos because of a cancelled track meet that brought a large crowd to the rafters.
During the game, Tadlock said one of Beloit’s soccer players had flipped off an Elkhorn fan in the crowd, sparking the alleged racist response.
Beloit Memorial girls soccer coach Brian Denu said his players were so disturbed by the racist chants they couldn’t keep playing.
“They were very loud, very supportive,” Tadlock said. “Our players are known to be a little intense.”
“A little intense” went a long way as the insults hurled at the teen girls deeply bothered the team, their coach, Brian Denu said.
“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,” he told WISC-TV. “One of the girls was cradled in the arms of one of our assistant coaches for a good 15 to 20 minutes.”
School administrators are still investigating the incident, but said the elementary school girls, all about 10-years-old, and high school students could face suspension for the jeers.
Community members have complained that this isn’t the first time Elkhorn Area High School fans had a racist outburst during games.
Angry parents said this isn’t the first time that Elkhorn fans have gotten out of hand.
“There are grumblings in the community that this is not the first time Elkhorn High School has done this to a school of predominantly minority make up,” Bryan Bye, whose daughter is on Beloit’s soccer team, told the Daily News in an email.
Tadlock said there had been chants for “build that wall” in the past, but not in reference to the GOP frontrunner’s plan to create a 1,000-mile wall along Mexico’s borders with the U.S.
Usually, when fans chant “build that wall” at Elkhorn’s games, he said, it was about defending against penalty kicks — but that wasn’t the case on Thursday.
“That’s not related to soccer at all, that was hurtful,” Tadlock said about the Trump wall chant.