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Black and Latina High Schoolers Walk Off Soccer Field After Racist Taunts

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Surely no parent thinks about preparing their child to face racial slurs while playing high school sports. But you might want to reconsider after hearing what happened to black and Latina girls on one Wisconsin high school's soccer team.

"Donald Trump, build that wall."

These are the words that were chanted during a high school soccer game when Beloit Memorial High School visited a neighboring school for a regular league match.

Students from Elkhorn High School stood on the sidelines shouting racist comments at the visiting team, prompting them to walk off the field, according to WISC-TV.

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"They came off the field and weren't able to finish the game because they were too upset and distraught over what happened to them," Beloit girls' soccer coach Brian Denu said. "One of the girls was cradled in the arms of one of our assistant coaches for a good 15 to 20 minutes."

Denu said the incident is one he will never forget.

"I could just see the hurt and pain on their face and know that this was obviously something that they hadn't seen before," Denu said. "You know, it was from a small pocket of the Elkhorn fans, but those words are things you can't take back."

The Elkhorn Area School District has initiated an investigation.

"We have confirmed that some students near the sidelines yelled inappropriate/offensive comments toward some of the players, and a student or two from the student section," Elkhorn administrator Jason Tadlock wrote in an email to WISC-TV. "Our investigation is ongoing, and I would be happy to comment further once it is completed."

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