McClain HS cheerleaders hold offensive banner for football team to run through Friday night.
Cheerleaders at an Ohio high school have sparked outrage for a shockingly offensive sign displayed at Friday night’s game.
The cheer squad from McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio, held a breakaway sign for the football team to run through that read: "Hey Indians Get Ready for A Trail of Tears Part 2."
McClain, located about 60 miles southwest of Columbus, was playing on the road against the Hillsboro Indians.
The banner drew the ire of one witness who posted a photo to her Twitter account.
"This is beyond ignorant and offensive," Rachel Onusko tweeted. "This is not how I want my hometown to be represented."
According to several media outlets in Ohio, an apology was briefly posted on the school’s Facebook page.
This is beyond ignorant and offensive. This is not how I want my hometown to be represented. pic.twitter.com/NwcfcNoU3o
— Rachel Onusko (@ronusko15) October 28, 2016
"Tonight an event occured that does not reflect the values or beliefs that we try to instill in the students of McClain High School," the since-deleted post stated, according to WHIO.com. "An immediate apology was issued to both the principal and athletic director of Hillsboro High Schoool.
"We would also like to apologize to the citizens of Greenfield for the poor reflection on our community. This matter will be addressed internally."
The "Trail of Tears" was the forced migration of the Cherokee nation as part of President Andrew Jackson’s Indian removal policy of 1838 and 1839. It is believed more than 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokees forced to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma died during the forced march.
"I sincerely apologize for the atrocious behavior diaplayed at the game tonight," wrote Maria Onusko (@monusko215) on Twitter. "That degree of ignorance and disrespect is inexcusable."
According to WCPO.com, the Hillsboro Indians won the game, 43-40.