Student Athletes Under Fire For Posting Picture - KMSP-TV

Student Athletes Under Fire For Posting Picture

Posted: Updated:
PAULSBORO, N.J. -

Just bad taste or something far worse? Local athletes under fire for posting a picture after a big win.

The picture started circulating on social media after a New Jersey wrestling team took a state title.

The photo has now launched a school investigation into the conduct of some student athletes. It has a lot of people disappointed and angry.

We've blurred their faces but the image posted on Instagram weeks ago has since been reposted on social media and is circulating on several websites.

It shows seven Phillipsburg High School wrestlers posing with a practice dummy hanging from the ceiling.

The picture has classmates at Phillipsburg buzzing. Some say it had racial connotations and especially took issue with the pointed hoods on two of the boys.

Phillipsburg Public Schools said they are looking into the incident. In a statement the Paulsboro School Superintendent tells us the photo was "insensitive and foolish to say the least, we're hoping there were no intentional racial overtones."

Students who tell us they know the boys say the picture was intended to celebrate a big team win against an across-state wrestling rival.

"These guys are great people. Great student athletes. Great people in general. And honestly just let it go," Elijah Devore a student at Phillipsburg High School said.

"They didn't mean it to be racist in any way I just think they were playing a joke," Louis Ortiz, a student at Phillipsburg High School said.

Some worry the attention will hurt Phillipsburg's reputation.

"I'm worried that people are going to think that P-Burg is a bunch of racist people and this community this town is not what we're about"

Phillipsburg School Superintendent tells us it's concluded a review of what happened and took actions allowable with district policies, but they have not told us what actions were taken.

Also, The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) issued a statement saying that they are also investigating the incident and will determine if any further actions are needed.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • CLOUDS TO SUN THURSDAY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:52:31 GMT

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs today remain in the mid 80s. 

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs remain in the mid 80s. We stay dry Friday with lower humidity and sunny skies. We warm back up near 90 for the weekend with unsettled weather returning by late Saturday.

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Friday: H-86 L-65

    This Weekend

    Saturday: H-88 L-64

    Sunday: H-91 L-73

  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.
    A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros

    Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros

    The western Pennsylvania-based Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.
    The western Pennsylvania-based Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices