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High School Soccer Team Calls West African Teen 'Ebola' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Nazareth Area High School student Ibrahim Toumkara was mocked by soccer players from Northampton High School who chanted "Ebola" during a game in Pennsylvania last Thursday.

Toumkara is originally from Guinea, which borders Liberia where the deadly disease has killed about 4,000 people.

Toumkara and the bullies were ejected from the game for allegedly fighting.

"They just need to learn how to give other people respect," Ibrahim told WPIV. "I want them to know we are all the same, nothing can make us be different."

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Ibrahim has lived in the U.S. for three years, but his parents are still in 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," added Nazareth Area High School soccer coach Edward Bachert.

Bachert is also Toumkara's guardian and the Lehigh County police chief.

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

Northampton High School soccer coach Craig Carvin and assistant coach Jason Melnisyzn have resigned from their jobs over the incident.

According to the Associated Press, Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik met with the soccer team on Wednesday and plans to discipline students who were involved in the taunting.

Sources: Associated Press, WPIV