Perry High School basketball players of Latino descent were taunted by chants of "Trump, Trump, Trump" and "USA" by supporters of Dallas Center-Grimes Community High School during a game in Perry, Iowa, on Feb. 22 (video below).
"We are all aware of racism, it's alive and well in small portions, but it's alive and well,” Kevin Lopez, Perry student section leader, told WHO-TV.
The Perry players believe the chants were in reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's controversial comments about immigrants. Almost half the students at Perry are minorities and many of them are Hispanic.
“It's honestly disrespectful, that's how I take it," Shammond Ivory, a senior, said. "During the game, I hear it on and off the court, everywhere I go."
“We had an Instagram issue about two weeks ago with a conference school, and I’ll say the administrators took care of it very well,” Perry Principal Dan Marburger told WHO-TV.
“As soon as I hear something like that, it just triggers me and it makes me strive more, just makes [me] do it for my team, do it for coaches and do it for my community,” Ivory added.
“Unfortunately at times things escalate and it goes from simple cheers and chants to more personal,” Perry CSD activities Director Tom Lipovac told KCCI.
Steve Watson, Dallas Center-Grimes athletic director, confirmed the chants did happen, said the incident had been addressed, but wouldn't say if any students were disciplined.