Dyersburg High School/Facebook
Students of Dyersburg High School hold a 'Trail of Tears' banner sign. They used it to allegedly taunt their opponents, the Northside Indians.

Second 'Trail of Tears' Banner Displayed at Tennessee High School Football Game


Another high school football team has used a “trail of tears” banner to allegedly taunt their visiting opponents.

The Dyersburg Trojans played the Northside Indians in the Tennessee High School Football Playoffs on Friday. The Trojans held up a banner that had blue dots in the shape of tears trickled on the word “tears”; and yellow dots, also in the shape of tears, on the word “trail.”

According to Mother Jones, a Facebook page, that is managed by the Dyersburg coaching staff, highlighted a half-dozen photos of their students holding up the sign for the visiting team, the Indians.

Their principal, Jon Frye, did not attend the playoff game and said that he was not aware of the photos on Facebook. He also said that he would ask the administrators of the page to take them down. The photos have been removed.

RELATED Principal Apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' Banner—Makes it a Teaching Moment

Earlier this week, McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama, used a paper sign to taunt their opponents, the Pinson Valley Indians. It said, “Hey, Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears.” Their principal, Tod Humphries, has apologized for the incident.

These incidents have come to the forefront as the “Redskins” name-change debate continues to be a hot button issue in the NFL. Activists, lawmakers and Native American groups have said that the name is offensive, but the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has refused to change the name.

RELATED Some Alabama High School Students Aren't Worried About 'Trail of Tears' Banner

Frye said that “there’s some truth” to the fact that students should have known better than to mock such a tragic event. “I guess you could make the logical connection. If they weren’t named Indians, then you couldn’t have this particular situation.”



Bartimaeus Alan LMT's picture
Bartimaeus Alan LMT
Submitted by Bartimaeus Alan LMT on

Obviously your public education system still is not teaching your kids the truth historically or they would have understood what they were doing. Taunting/bullying same thing...this could be looked at from another view i.e., what if the students said something like, "we're gonna school you Virginia Tech style." Now THAT would have been called or could be called an act of terrorism but, when something like this Trail of Tears taunting would NEVER be looked at as a terrorist remark because "terrorism" is a modern term. American history does not and has never associated that term to what the US government has done to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. A sad affair.

Robertico Henderson
Robertico Henderson
Submitted by Robertico Henderson on

When are we going to stop expecting the culture at large to have any awareness, understanding or empathy towards Native American issues? We don't need neither their approval or validation to continue being who we are. Their DNA and therefore their behavior and ours are totally the opposite and will never match. Lets stop trying to be who they think we are and continue to be who we know we are. Its obvious to me that in the face of the controversy in Alabama, the kids in Tennessee decided they were going to draw attention to themselves by doing that. You know how they say " bad breath is better than no breath at all". they succeeded. they got the attention they wanted. The Alabama banner reflected ignorance. The Tennessee banner reflects indifference. Screw them. we don't need them. we know who we are. Robert, Mayan