Lunenburg High School's football has forfeited its final two remaining regular-season games after racist graffiti was painted on a 13-year-old student's home last week. The incident is believed to be an alleged hate crime against an eighth grader on the team by his own teammates.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that the words "Knights don't need n———!" was spray-painted in blue letters on the foundation of the family's home last week.
School Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes announced Monday that all remaining games for the Lunenburg High School football team have been forfeited.
Isaac Phillips, a member of the school's Blue Knights freshman and junior varsity football teams, found the graffiti spray-painted on his home. His father is half black and his mother is white. Phillips family has urged the school system to shut the season down. Police are investigating the incident.
According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Phillips alleged the graffiti was done by teammates on the football team. And his father is pressing for coaches to resign for covering up another incident involving the Worcester South High Community School Football team.
Calmes 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 the game.
Worcester athletic officials confirmed incident reports were filed after a Nov. 1 varsity game in Worcester between South High Community School and Lunenburg High School, and again on Nov. 4 after a junior varsity game between the same schools — when several Lunenburg players allegedly used racial language toward Worcester players. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette]
A spokesperson for the the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed with the Boston Herald that the FBI is looking into the incident. Police and the FBI are investigating.
For more information on the incident read the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's report.