Though apologies have already been offered, there’s still considerable ill-will stemming from a Friday night clash between the basketball squads from Newton North (MA) and Catholic Memorial. The latter is an all-boys institution, which provoked a chant of “where are your girls?” from the host fans. Sadly, visiting supporters responded with their own chant of, “you killed Jesus”. From the Boston Globe’s Evan Allen :
“I found it chilling,” said Newton Superintendent David Fleishman, who arrived at the game, which was held at Newton South High School, about 20 minutes later. Fleishman said he was immediately approached by a visibly upset parent who told him she was shaken. “In my mind, this is incredibly upsetting and troubling, and they have a lot of work to do at Catholic Memorial,” Fleishman said.
Fleishman contacted the Anti-Defamation League about the incident, and said Newton students would discuss it at school on Monday. Newton officials will also discuss the Newton fans’ use of a joking reference to male anatomy, which Fleishman acknowledged could also be offensive.
The president of Catholic Memorial issued a statement Saturday condemning the “abhorrent behavior” of the students and promising to work to end it.