Racist Slurs End Mass. School's Football Season

3 games dropped following multiple incidents

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2013 9:27 AM CST

(Newser) – A Massachusetts high school has canceled the remainder of its football season after a racist message was sprayed on a 13-year-old team member's home. "Knights don't need (the n-word)," said the graffiti, just one of several recent incidents. The FBI is investigating amid reports that Lunenberg High School's Blue Knights also yelled racial slurs at another team during multiple games. Last week's game was canceled, and the Blue Knights are forfeiting the final two games of the season, with school officials citing safety concerns, CNN reports.

The slurs, reportedly yelled at a Worcester high school's team, prompted fights before the end of two games between the schools—one a varsity match, the other junior varsity, the Boston Globe reports. The 8th-grade spray-painting victim, Isaac Phillips, who is of mixed race, has also had his bike tire slashed and his cleats soaked in water, he tells a CNN affiliate. His father says Lunenberg has deliberately kept the incidents quiet. "We almost feel like we need a lawyer," Anthony Phillips says. Sunday night saw a vigil against the attacks, attended by Lunenberg faculty and staff and the whole football team, the school's superintendent says, per the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

A high school has canceled the remainder of its football season following the appearance of a racial slur on a member's house.
A high school has canceled the remainder of its football season following the appearance of a racial slur on a member's house.   (Shutterstock)
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