One Pennsylvania teen, who is originally from Guinea, recently had to endure his high school rival’s soccer team chanting “Ebola” at him during a match, WPVI reports.
According to the station, Ibrahim Toumkara, a Nazareth Area High School student and soccer player, got into a fight last week after he heard players from rival Northampton High School taunting him about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people across West Africa, including in his home country.
"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," the boy’s coach, Edward Bachert, explained. Bachert is also Ibrahim’s legal guardian, as well as a police chief for Lehigh County.
The 16-year-old moved away from Guinea three years ago, the station notes.
"There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field," Bachert added.
Ibrahim’s parents are still in West Africa, and according to WPVI, he is constantly worrying for them.
After the tasteless incident, both Northampton’s head soccer coach and its assistant coach resigned. Some of the student athletes are also expected to face disciplinary action, according to the station.
"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.
Since when is a deadly virus funny? When will African lives not be nothing but a comedic piece to westerners?
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Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week Tobias Browne in the U.S. asks: How does fashion, style and culture work in North Korea? I lived in North Korea for 20 years and while I never paid serious attention to fashion, I can tell you a few
Should they catch us and dispatch us to those separate work camps,
I’ll dream about you. I will not doubt you with the passing of time
Should they kill me, your love will fill me, as warm as the bullets
I’ll know my purpose. This war was worth this. I won’t let you down.
One of my favorite songs
Ferguson Panel at the Missouri History Museum
Wednesday, October 15th