African Student Taunted With Chants of ‘Ebola’ At High School Game

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A Pennsylvania teen, who moved to the United States from Guinea, has recently had to endure intense bullying by his high school rival’s soccer team. During recently matches, the team has been heard chanting “Ebola” according to local WPVI.

Ibrahim Toumkara, 16, is a Nazareth Area High School student and star soccer player.

After reaching the breaking point from the bullying, last week he got into a fight with players from the rival Northampton High School.

The deadly virus has already taken a heavy toll, killing over 4,000 in West Africa, including Toumkara’s home country of Guinea.

“Being from western Africa and having family in that area, he didn’t take too kindly to those remarks and went after one of the players on the Northampton team,” Edward Bachert, the Nazareth coach explained.

Bachert happens to also be Ibrahim’s legal guardian. He’s also the police chief for Lehigh County.

“There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field,” Bachert explained.

Northampton’s head soccer coach as well as its assistant coach resigned after the incident hit the local news.

“This is part of the educational process to make sure that students are understanding sportsmanship and what’s happening out there in the world,” Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said, explaining that some students would face disciplinary action.

“I want them to know we are all the same; nothing can make us be different,” Ibrahim concluded.

(Article by M.A. Hussein; image via local WPVI)

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