A 17-year-old baseball player had to endure racist abuse while playing against another school.
Jeremiah Chapman was told “you should have been George Floyd ” and “get back to the fields” during a game on June 27 at Waverly-Shell Rock High in Iowa.
The racist spectators were also shouting: “Trump 2020.”
Jeremiah, who plays for Charles City High School and is the the only black member of his team, said the abuse began by someone shouting “Colin”.
He took that as a reference to black NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who was the first sportsman to take the knee during the national anthem.
He told CNN: “I try my hardest to have everyone like me because that’s just my personality.
“And it’s just hard seeing that no matter how hard I try, people can’t accept me because of my skin colour.”
Due to the abuse the umpire asked Jeremiah if he would like him to pause the game, but he decided not to.
Waverly-Shell Rock Community School High is yet to identify those responsible but in the meantime has apologised.
A spokesperson said: “We make no excuses, because there are none. We do, however, wish to make a sincere apology to the Charles City school district and community and, in particular, the young man towards whom these comments were directed.
“We can’t undo what’s been done. But we are using this as a learning experience for the responsible party and, we hope, for many others in our schools and communities.”
After the incident Jeremiah’s mum Keisha Cunnings tweeted: “This is my boy! He is kind, sweet and talented.
“If you can’t see beyond his skin colour then sucks for you!
“And just and FYI… he has never worked on a field… his name is Jeremiah not Colin… he doesn’t care who you support politically… and he doesn’t remind you of George Floyd!”
She later told CNN: “I was angry because as a parent, this is the one fear I have for him.
“The other part of me was kind of relieved that it did happen because it opened Jeremiah’s eyes to not be so naive and colourblind and ignorant to the fact that things like this still happen.’
She added: “I feel like they were being kids and just trying to say whatever they could say to throw him (Jeremiah) off.”