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Racist social media post comes after Iowa high school football player kneels during anthem

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TIFFIN (KWWL) -

An area school district has released a statement after a high school football player was the target of a racist social media post after he knelt during the national anthem. 

A picture of Clear Creek Amana senior Darius Moore was taken on Snapchat during Friday's game against Marion.

In the photo Moore is circled in red and the caption reads, "Kick this f****** n**** off the football team like honestly who the f*** kneels for the national anthem."

It's unclear who posted the original Snapchat but you can tell from the photo it was taken from the stands. 

Moore's father posted a screenshot of the picture on his Facebook page in support of his son writing, 

"For these words to be used towards our son, a young man who is attempting to do what he feels is right and how America is supposed to be, shows how far we have regressed. 

All we can do is pray that people open their minds and understand that we don't all have to agree to show basic respect to one another. 

Taking a knee is not meant to offend anyone who has served for our country, as we have multiple family members who have served in the past and who are currently overseas fighting for our privilege of freedom today. 

We must progress to equality and these hateful words should never, ever be tolerated."

The post has been shared more than 900 times and was even tweeted by NFL player Mark Ingram. 

Moore took to his own Twitter account to write, "This is crazy. I appreciate all of you who support. This stuff really happened anywhere you live. Awareness needs to be spread."

The statement sent by the Clear Creek Amana School District reads, 

"The Clear Creek-Amana Community School District, as an educational institution, supports the free exchange of ideas embodied by the First Amendment. The District will not interfere with a student’s right of expression by peacefully kneeling or sitting during the traditional standing for the National Anthem.

Our schools pride themselves on providing a respectful learning environment for every student. It is District policy and practice that students will not be discriminated against in the education program, and that harassment or bullying of students will not be tolerated. Any conduct which violates these policies will be handled by school officials in accordance with law.

It is our hope that students, parents, and the community alike will take the opportunity to learn from this situation."

The district declined to comment any further. 

Since the incident several of Moore's classmates have taken to social media to voice their support of him. 
 

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