Posted November 20, 2013

Massachusetts high school cancels football season over racist graffiti

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Massachusetts authorities are investigating reports of racist graffiti on a player’s home. (Denver Post via Getty Images)

A Massachusetts high school football team has forfeited the remainder of its season after racist graffiti was found spray-painted on a player’s home, reports The Boston Globe. The 13-year-old player and his family allege that his teammates are responsible for the comments.

The Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent said Monday that the high school had canceled the rest of its season as a result of the incident. The school is also looking into alleged racist slurs directed at opposing Worcester South High football players by Lunenburg players earlier this season.

According to the report, someone painted, “Knights don’t need n——!” on the home of Isaac Phillips last week. (The school’s nickname is the Blue Knights.) Isaac’s father is black, and his mother is white.

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More from the Globe‘s report:

Isaac’s father, Anthony J. Phillips, said he is irate and frustrated with Lunenburg officials for allegedly covering up racist comments made by several Lunenburg football players at games against Worcester and feels Lunenburg coaches should resign.

Anthony Phillips said Monday he believes the same football players were involved in defacing his home last week and hazing his son, an eighth-grader who plays freshman and junior varsity football for Lunenburg.


14 comments
Bradoplata
Bradoplata

It's a hoax.  Nice rush to judgment libs.  What recourse do the kids that lost their season have?

triathloncoach
triathloncoach

They are sweeping it under the rug. The responsible parties need to be turned in. Maybe it's not too late to keep them from doing worse. Someone believes they are protecting these delinquents, they are just pushing them into becoming criminals. I know.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

This was discreetly done by the opponent and looks like it worked.

Turtle Man
Turtle Man

I don't think this will help anyone. I think the school just made it worse for this kid. They've just solidified their hatred of him & punished any innocent kids not involved. So the kids not involved are possibly going to lump some of the blame on him. Not to mention that there doesn't seem to be any evidence that it was the same kids other than the parents speculation.
It's a horrible thing for the kid to be treated this way, but they could have just cut the kids that they know previously made the remarks toward the kid.

ReggieQue
ReggieQue

Stupid, terrible move by probably a FEW kids.  Now the whole team suffers.  Should have finished season and conducted a thorough investigation and punished the guilty ones.  I feel bad for the kid and his family.  It is such a shame that they had to be subjected to this.

Hikeswithcameras
Hikeswithcameras

Having spent one of the worst years of my life in Worcester, I am not surprised at all.

OwG
OwG

This is Obama's fault, somehow. If those kids didn't hate the black kid before then they certainly hate him now...lol. 

MichaelStevenson
MichaelStevenson

Amazing how in 2013 this sort of thing is still prevalent in society. I think the whole district should cancel the rest of the season to show these young people, that football is a privilege not a right.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Why any human being makes hating another human being the centerpiece of their life I could not tell you. 

Whatever
Whatever

It is amazing how stupid people are and how many parents still raise racist kids. 

gotham77
gotham77

@Turtle Man Oh please.

The whole team knows who did it. The perpetrator is a coward that doesn't have the guts to step forward and admit it was him, and he's willing to let his teammates get punished for it. If any of those teammates blame the victim instead of the miserable piece of trash that did this, then they're just as bad as he is and pandering to them wouldn't have made a difference.

This kind of collective punishment when the perpetrator is anonymous and doesn't have the courage to accept the consequences of his actions is completely normal for schools. When I was in school, if someone pulled a prank false fire alarm, the entire student body had to stay late unless the guilty person stepped forward. I've been on field trips that were ended early because one loser committed an anonymous act of vandalism and then wouldn't raise his hand when the teachers asked, "who did it?" The only other option is to let the guilty party get away with it. It's the guilty party's fault that everybody else is getting punished, not the victim.

I'm sure you've experienced these kinds of group punishments before, and never questioned it until it involved a hate crime. But racism is always the fault of the victim, huh? If the minorities would just stop making such a big deal about racism it would all go away. A little boy is being terrorized at school and it's HIS FAULT and HIS PARENTS FAULT because they demand that something be done about it, right? Pathetic.

DougBeers
DougBeers

@Turtle Man The school didn't cancel the rest of the season for the kid.  It sounds like there's bigger problems there than the continuation of a high school football season.