(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — HILLSBORO, Ohio – An Ohio high school Saturday blamed “ignorance” as it apologized for a banner displayed at a prep football game recalling the country’s brutal treatment of Native Americans.

Several news organizations reported that some Greenfield-McClain High School cheerleaders held up the banner at a Friday night game against the Hillsboro High Indians. It read: “Hey Indians, Get Ready for a Trail of Tears Part 2.” The reference was to the 19th century forced relocation of Indians. Thousands died of starvation, illness or exposure.

“A horrific mistake was made,” Greenfield-McClain High School said in a statement. “A sign was created out of ignorance, not hate.”

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