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Video has surfaced online showing a young high school football player being forced to sit in a locker full of banana peels.
In the footage you can see the victim, who reportedly attends Moline High School in Illinois, looking rather sheepish while his fellow teammate threatens to "break both [his] knees" if he doesn't sit in the locker.
And as the poor victim finally takes his seat amongst the banana skins, his so-called "teammates" laugh and cheer.
On this weeks episode of Moline High School - "teammates" hang banana peels up in a locker and tell their black teammate to, "sit in the chair or ill break both your knees"
Prejudiced. Humiliating. Embarrassing. Heartbreaking.
I'm sick to my stomach. pic.twitter.com/OUbT3jfTRW
- hay top 2.8% (@hayliehayliec) April 10, 2021
The truly awful clip quickly circulated around social media with people calling for immediate action to be taken.
And that's exactly what happened with local police wasting no time in launching an official investigation into the incident.
"On the evening of April 9, 2021 the Moline Police Department became aware of a shocking viral video circulating on social media," Moline Police Chief Darren Gault said in a statement.
"The video depicted a disturbing racist scene involving a Moline High School football player in a locker room.
"The students directly involved in the video are all friends. Regardless of these facts, we all agree that this is a disgusting way to treat a fellow teammate, a fellow human and most certainly, a friend."
And while a police probe is still underway, Gault also confirmed that the school will also be conducting it's own internal investigation.
"This is a teaching moment for everyone and a reminder that we can do better," Gaunt added.
The Moline Police Department is aware of an incident that occurred today at Moline High School which was videotaped and is now circulating on social media.- Moline Police (@MolinePolice) April 10, 2021
We are working with the @MolineCVSchools to identify those involved.
Call our investigators with information 309-524-2140
"We can treat people better. We can be better friends. We can be better teammates. We can be better people.
"We can also stand up and confront situations when they are wrong."
As for the victim himself, he has now issued a statement of his own through the State Attorney's Office.
"I want to make it known that I'm fine," the boy who has chosen to remain anonymous said.
"Everyone is worried about me and showing concern for me and I really appreciate it.
Racist Incident at Moline High School. Seems like a black football player is hazed/coerced into a chair where bananas are hanging. HEATED is an understatement. All I know is that Moline High School has a duty to investigate and punish those involved. @CityofMoline pic.twitter.com/uFRPFhLXpV
- Hamza Karoumia (@HamzaKaroumia) April 10, 2021
"Second, can everyone please stop talking about the incident and video? I understand everyone wants justice for me and they want what they think is right to be done, but I already made my feelings known to the police and my friends about how I feel about everything."
"I love the football team I'm on and they're good guys. I know that personally. I talked to the people involved individually and they apologised. We had a heartfelt talk about it and I told them how I felt. So please don't harass, bully, or threaten them at all."
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