Yesha Callahan

New Jersey HS Wrestling Team Under Investigation After Posting Photo Of Hanging Dummy

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A New Jersey high school’s wrestling team is currently under investigation by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJIAA) after a photo surfaced showing Phillipsburgh High wrestlers gathered around a practice dummy they hung from the ceiling. Allegedly, the dummy was hung in effigy of a black wrestler from Phillipsburg’s rival school, Paulsboro High School.

The dummy in the photo is wearing a Paulsboro High School jersey, which also has a large black student population and wrestlers.

Paulsboro Interim Superintendent Walter Quint says he has decided to use this as a teachable moment.

Dr. Quint says, “This is an example where we can show our students what a big mistake you can make by posting things online that you haven’t thought about.”

The photos racial overtones – whether intended or not – has state authorities looking into the matter.

The NJIAA released a statement in regards to the incident:

“We have asked Phillipsburg administrators to provide a report of the incident to NJSIAA by no later than noon on Thursday. The report will help NJSIAA determine what further actions, if any, will be taken.”

The NJSIAA has also reported the incident to the state attorney general’s office and the division of civil rights.

The Phillipsburg School district’s superintendent George Chando, stated:

“The incident reported is a student matter dealing with minors. An investigation was undertaken, and upon conclusion of the investigation actions were taken by the District consistent with its policies.”

What most people are quick to point out is that  wrestling practice dummies only come in dark colors, so it’s quite possible that the team didn’t mean any “harm or foul” about it. Regardless of that fact, I’m not willing to give the Junior KKK a pass.

  1. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    When I read the title, I thought “Eh, what’s the harm? That’s how high school sports teams can be sometimes.”…and then I saw the picture. My jaw actually dropped. Even if all the dummies are that color, the fact that those two boys on the right have their hoods up KKK style makes me believe that they knew exactly what they were doing.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @Goodness Gracious

      Didin’t even notice the hoods…yeah they knew what they were doing.

  2. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    I have a feeling with the lack of historical knowledge by both black and white teens, they probably did not put their “prank” in racial context. This looks more like trash talk.

    I could be wrong, but either way, it’s a bad move.

  3. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    Idiots always show their true colors.

  4. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    So white teens post an offensive and racially tinged photo and it is used as a “teachable moment.” Black teens having water balloon fights, making a mistake on a science experiment, or waiting for their coach on a way to a basketball game are haul off to jail with pending criminal records. Okay, whatever you say. Teachable moment my ass. Don’t give these kids too much credit in that they didn’t know the significance of what they were doing. In this highly racial environment since Obama’s election (and Lord knows their parents are probably daily callers to Limbaugh’s radio show), they are not that stupid. Second, white people are generally obsess with blacks. They long for this type of history of vicious and barbaric behavior where murder was legal base on skin color. I’m sorry, but I am not letting these animals off the hook.

  5. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    this WAS NOT a prank! look at the two on the right hand side of the photo. they have their hoods propped up and intentionally pointed (KKK style)…and one has his face covered.

  6. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    They KNOW that being racist and white doesn´t have any consequences for them and they are right.Everyday you read a story with the same issue and what we learn and they learn is the same message:” You can be white and racist and your people will protect you by all means.Even some black people will find all sorts of excuses to not admit what is actually going on.”

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @Saramel

      Amen

    • April 19, 2014 - Reply

      @Saramel

      Actually, some of the garbage white racists do gets caught.These @ holes were not “caught” but some are.

  7. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    I just read an article that 8 students were suspended relating to the picture and that they won’t compete in the Championship match.

  8. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    “The teachable moment was not to post things online that your haven’t given much thought of,” heck no, that wasn’t the teachable moment, so it would have been ok, if these fools were smart enough not to post it online, if they were smart enough not to expose their bigotry for all the world to see. The moment was long ago when they were not taught by their parents not to be bigots. These parents are just not doing a very good job of teaching their son’s. When will they begin to take the time necessary to raise these boys…it happens time and time again.

  9. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    […] decided to not pursue criminal charges against the eight white wrestling students who posed with a black dummy simulating a lynching . Instead, the matter will be handed back to school officials to decide the next course of […]

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