“Knights don’t need n—-!” was spray-painted in blue letters on the foundation of an eighth grader’s home by his own football teammates, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The Lunenburg High School football team in Massachusetts was forced to forfeit the remaining games of its season after it was determined that some team members participated in what officials have called a hate crime.
Isaac Phillips, a member of the school’s Blue Knights freshman and junior varsity football teams, found the graffiti on his home.
“Never expected to wake up and find this on the side of the house,” said Anthony J. Phillips, Isaac’s father in a video released by Telegram.com. Isaac stood silently with his mother, who is white, and his father, who is biracial, in the video.
Isaac’s father also said that there was an earlier incident under investigation during a varsity and junior varsity football game a few weeks ago. “We heard the game was ended four minutes early because a ref overheard a Lunenburg Blue Knight use the N-word.”
“We have no tolerance for racism in any form and we do everything we can to eliminate it from our schools and our community,” said Loxi Jo Calmes, Lunenburg School Superintendent, during a press conference. Calmes announced the suspension on Monday and said that an investigation was in progress.
Calmes also confirmed with the Telegram & Gazette that there is an investigation into allegations of Lunenburg players directing racial slurs at players of the Worcester South High Community School a few weeks ago. A fight broke out after that game.
Local police said the investigation would continue with the help of the FBI. A spokesperson for the Boston office of the FBI confirmed to the Boston Herald that they are looking into the incident.