A high school lacrosse team’s season is cancelled after one of the players called a black girl the N-word while she was walking across a track field.
According to Raw Story, the incident occurred earlier this month during a practice with other teams. The girl was walking across the track field when a male player from the Haddonfield Memorial High School lacrosse team told her to move and called her a “n*gga”. Interim Superintendent David T. Lindenmuth released a statement about the incident after the Haddonfield School District canceled the team’s season:
“This is no room for hate of any kind at Haddonfield schools and it will not be tolerated. It is not who we are and it does not represent our student body”
Lindenmuth added that the school is taking the situation seriously and plans to enforce racial diversity training. The girl’s father, James Dizzley, says the team should not have to suffer due to one person’s shameful behavior:
“She shouldn’t have to go through that,”
“That’s a shame it had to come down to that. I feel bad for the honest players that had nothing to do with the situation.
A rep from the local chapter of the NAACP applauded the school for taking quick action and changing its tolerance policy.
“I am now convinced the Haddonfield School District is serious about its position against racial hatred expressed in any form. And those members on the lacrosse team who heard it said, but thought it was okay to remain silent and do nothing while a teammate bullied a young female student now know their conduct will also not be tolerated”