Fans Shout Racist, Body-Shaming Taunts At Players During Catholic High School Girls’ Basketball Game

Bernie Tafoya
December 18, 2019 - 12:52 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Catholic high school in Elgin is investigating after some of its fans shouted racist and body-shaming taunts at players of another school recently.

The girls' basketball game was between two Catholic high schools, Bishop McNamara Catholic School in Kankakee and St. Edward Central Catholic School in Elgin. 

The game was in Elgin and Alfred J.J. Hollis, an assistant football coach at Bishop McNamara, told CBS 2 that St. Edward's fans were way out of line.

“Every time she touched the ball, there were monkey sounds being made,” Hollis said. “Then when our other girl had the ball, there were whale sounds being made. They were body-shaming her.

“They were being bullied and antagonized the whole game. I just feel like that was unacceptable.”

Hollis said someone got on the public address system at St. Edward and told the crowd to stop the chants, but he insists that wasn’t nearly enough.

“The kids kept doing it the whole game,” Hollis said. “These kids were not put out of the game. They were not approached and put out of the game, or made to leave or an administrator sit next to them to make sure they’re not doing this – anything.”

The principal of St. Edward Central Catholic School said in a letter that the school is investigation and condemns racist and discriminatory behavior. The school promises serious consequences to any student who took part.

“As a school community, we condemn racism and discriminatory behavior against all people in any form,” the letter said. “We will continue to investigate this incident any student who participated will face serious disciplinary actions.”

At Bishop McNamara, the school principal said in a statement he is confident St. Edward will take appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible for the racist taunts.

Hollis believes the students need sensitivity training.

“Some of them might not understand the seriousness of what they were doing. They thought that they were just heckling. Your heckling was racist and insensitive, and you were body-shaming one girl, and you were being racist to the other. Let’s get them some sensitivity training so they can get better in their lives going forward," he said.