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Catholic Students Accused of Trump-Inspired Racist Taunts


Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/29/16


A private Catholic high school is under fire after its students allegedly shouted racist chants based on Donald Trump‘s policy proposals at its basketball rivals.

Fans of the $8,600-a-year Andrean High School from northern Indiana turned up to a game against the Bishop Noll Institute with placards showing the Republican candidate’s face.

They also started shouting ‘Build a wall, build a wall’ at the opposition, the majority of whom are Latino.

The group also held up a sign saying ESPN Deportes.

In response, Bishop Noll fans shouted: ‘You’re A Racist.’

Some supporters slammed their behavior and suggested teachers should have stepped in to stop them.

Ashley Howard, a fan who was at the game supporting her cousin who goes to Bishop Noll, told ABC7: ‘I understand they’re kids. You expect them to make mistakes.

‘Maybe they didn’t know how far to push the envelope because they are rival schools, but that’s what the administration is for and that’s where the administration is supposed to step in and say, ‘hey kids, that’s not ok.”

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Turns out, that’s not the only incident like this. It happened recently in Iowa, too:

High school students in Des Moines, Iowa, this week chanted “Trump! Trump!” after a boys’ basketball game. The chanters were from Dallas Center-Grimes High, which has a largely white population. Their school’s team had just lost to Perry High School, which has a more diverse student population. …Trump has made derogatory comments about illegal immigrants and has pledged to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border if he is elected. Perry student Kevin Lopez noted in a letter to the Perry Chief newspaper that the billionaire’s name has been chanted at the team three other times this season. “It is a chant said to intimidate and discriminate our Latino/Hispanic students and it is a chant that is fueled by racism,” Lopez wrote.

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