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Texas Coach Gives Black Student With Autism Confederate Flag Hat

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A Black man with autism came home with a Confederate flag, and his mother wants answers, Newsweek reports.

Austen Mornes, 21, told KTVT that the coach of his Special Olympics flag football team at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas, gave him the hat.

“He told me, like, ‘Put it on, keep it on, show it to your mom and stuff,’” Mornes told the news station. “I said, ‘What does the flag stand for?’ I said, ‘I don’t have no clue,’ and he says, ‘Freedom.’”

Mornes told KTVT that a volunteer coach told him to show the hat to his mom, Amelia Mornes-Njoka, who said she was shocked at what her son was wearing when he came home on Nov. 15. 

“Everybody just kind of went into an uproar because he comes in wearing this hat like it’s just a regular hat,” Mornes-Njoka told the station, and she added that she wants to know why all the White coaches allowed her son to wear the hat. “My worst feeling was they were sitting there watching him and probably snickering or laughing under their breath.”

The Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) told KTVT in a statement that Mornes had “expressed interest” in the cap after he saw an adult volunteer wearing it.

“We have spoken with the adults involved in this situation and they relayed this information,” the statement read. “The adult volunteer, who is not an LISD employee, was wearing a cap the former student expressed interest in. The student took the cap home.”

“You trust these people with your kid who has a disability,” said Mornes-Njoka, who is seeking answers about the incident. “You know and as far as I knew, I knew them well enough for my son to be around them without my supervision.”

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