Texas Special Olympics Coach Allegedly Gave Black Athlete with Autism Confederate Flag Cap

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Activists with Confederate flags gather at the Gettysburg National Military Park on July 1, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A mother from Lewisville, Texas, is demanding answers after her son was allegedly given a hat with the Confederate flag on it by one of his Special Olympic football coaches. Mark Makela/Getty Images

A black mother from Texas is demanding answers as to why her son came home from practice one day wearing a hat with the Confederate flag on it.

Austen Mornes, 21, told KTVT that he was allegedly given the cap by one his Special Olympics flag football coaches at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas, on November 15.

"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, who has autism, was allegedly asked by the volunteer coach to show the hat to his mother. The 21-year-old's mother, Amelia Mornes-Njoka, told the news station she couldn't believe that he was wearing the hat when he came home that day.

"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 KTVT.

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Activists with Confederate flags gather at the Gettysburg National Military Park on July 1, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A mother from Lewisville, Texas, is demanding answers after her son was allegedly given a hat with the Confederate flag on it by one of his Special Olympic football coaches. Mark Makela/Getty Images

Mornes-Njoka told the news station she wants to know why as many as three adults, who are all white coaches, would allow her son to wear the cap for 10 minutes before he was told to take it off.

"My worst feeling was they were sitting there watching him and probably snickering or laughing under their breath," she told KTVT.

Newsweek has reached out to the Lewisville Independent School District for comment on the incident but did not hear back in time for publication. In a statement to KTVT, the school district said the adult volunteer was wearing the hat and Mornes "expressed interest in it."

"We have spoken with the adults involved in this situation and they relayed this information. 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," the statement read. "The volunteer coach contacted the parents to discuss what happened, and believed the situation had been resolved to everyone's satisfaction. The adult volunteers with the Special Olympics are happy to speak directly with the family if concerns remain."

The 21-year-old's mother still is not satisfied with the district's response and demands answers as to why they would allow her son to wear the hat, KTVT reported.

"You trust these people with your kid who has a disability. You know and as far as I knew, I knew them well enough for my son to be around them without my supervision," she said.

Earlier this month, a man from Mississippi was fired from his job after a photo circulated on social media of him wearing a shirt with the Confederate flag and a noose hanging from the top of the shirt with the phrase "Mississippi Justice." The unidentified man was wearing the shirt to vote during the midterm elections on November 7. He was allegedly an employee of Regional One Health and was fired the following day.