Coaches out after US team mocks African over Ebola
NORTHAMPTON, Pennsylvania (AP) — Two Pennsylvania high school soccer coaches have resigned after their players hurled Ebola taunts at an opponent from West Africa.
Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik says the coaches resigned Tuesday. He says he met with the team Wednesday and will discipline students who violated the school’s anti-discrimination policy.
Authorities say the comments came during a game last week against rival Nazareth Area High School.
Fountain Hill Police Chief Edward Bachert is the Nazareth player’s legal guardian. He says the 16-year-old is from Guinea, and worries about his parents given the Ebola outbreak there.
He says the boy was shaken by the taunts. But he says Nazareth students have rallied behind him. Some have posted tweets with the hashtag “EndRacism.”
The resignations were first reported by The Morning Call of Allentown.