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Massachusetts High School Bans Students From Basketball Game After Fans Chant ‘You Killed Jesus’ to Jewish Rivals

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Students at Friday night's game between Catholic Memorial and Newton North reportedly chanted "You Killed Jesus." Photo: Twitter.

Students at Friday night’s game between Catholic Memorial and Newton North reportedly chanted “You Killed Jesus.” Photo: Twitter.

Catholic Memorial School in Massachusetts will not allow its students to attend a basketball game on Monday night, following an antisemitic incident, an editor for the Boston Herald revealed on Twitter.

Students and fans from Catholic Memorial, an all-boys high school in West Roxbury, were reported heard chanting “you killed Jesus” during Friday night’s game against Newton North high school, which has a large Jewish student body.

Catholic Memorial apologized for the actions of its students, and its president, Peter Folan, said he is “deeply disturbed” by the “unacceptable chant.”

“At the conclusion of the game, CM students were reprimanded and each student personally apologized to the Principal of Newton North High School and shook his hand before leaving the arena,” Folan said in a released statement. “We have been the subject of hurtful chants as well and we will work diligently within our own community and with other schools to end this abhorrent behavior. Catholic Memorial School believes deeply that intolerance, of any kind, is unacceptable. We apologize for the actions of our students and we will continue to strenuously address this issue within our community.”

Catholic Memorial reached out to Jewish human rights organization the Anti-Defamation League for advice on educating its students about antisemitism, the Boston Globe reported. The school has also revealed plans to adjust its curriculum and hold a series of educational meetings, in order to use Friday night’s incident as a lesson for all students, Florida’s 10News reported.

Catholic Memorial’s famous alumni include Joey McIntyre from the singing group New Kids on the Block, and also several professional ice hockey players. Newton North alumni include comedian Louis C.K., actress Priyanka Chopra and Friends actor Matt LeBlanc.

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  • Jack

    The Catholic Church needs to realize its responsibility in the existence of antisemitism and 2000 years of Jewish suffering.

  • And on Shabbes yet!

    The school is taking the matter seriously, as I knew it would. To make tikkun for this incident, I would propose that the school have a mandatory course on “Anti-Jewish Sentiment in the Church from Its Inception.” It would cover the Crusades, the Inquisition, the pogroms — the whole nine yards.

    The Church never officially endorsed anti-Jewish activity, but such prejudicial thinking was deeply ingrained in the prevailing culture of many of its adherents over the ages. Its roots must be fully dissected and exposed if we are ever to eradicate this noxious blot on the history of humanity.

    I do not use the word “antisemitism” because it ascribes a race or ethinicity to Jews, as the Nazis did. It is important to define Jews as a people defined by their faith and by their way of life and, therefore, open to individuals of all cultures, colors, and backgrounds.