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Racist Hockey Remarks Land Students In Hot Water

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In a follow up to a story I reported on last week, after the Bruins lost to the Capitals in a game 7 showdown, racist remarks flew in because the guy who scored the goal was black. Well, as it turns out, a few of those people were students who went to Gloucester High School in Gloucester Massachusetts.

The board of education got word of what happened and stepped in with punishments for the offending students:

“Students involved in a stream of racist comments targeting Joel Ward — the Washington Capitals’ player whose goal eliminated the Boston Bruins from Stanley Cup play April 18, and one of hockey’s few black players — would “lose participation in a sport for a considerable length of time,” and any of them with “leadership opportunities in extracurricular activities, or sports,” will forfeit those as well.”

The hammer was thrown down because the board felt like these students were poor representations of the school, so now this seems like a rule now that while you are a minor in school you cannot do anything without the fear of being suspended. Even in your own home.

Racist Hockey Remarks Land Students In Hot Water
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  • Betty M

    Kudos to the Board of Education for taking a stand! They are to be applauding for trying at least to stop something so serious as racism dead in it’s tracks; for taking a stand. It’s obvious that the writer of the article wouldn’t have done anything if he had the power to do so and you know, that sends a silent message that this sort of thing is alright. Also..I had NO idea that there were black hockey players! When I saw a story on my local news about some adolescent hock players, I then decided that my unborn son-though I’m not pregnant-would be the first African-american to integrate hockey! So nice to know he won’t have to shoulder that burden afterall.

  • ocean

    Thanks to the Board of Ed for taking a stand, however, I feel the punishment should have been even more severe. Not only are those kids “poor representations” of the school but they are flat-out poor representations of humanity! There should be an absolute zero-tolerance for these kind of uneducated, ignorant comments and cheap shots. I’m caucasian and I think no matter what race you are you need to take a stand against racist remarks. The fact that high-school students were involved is also really sad…their parents must be lacking in the smarts department because most intelligent people I’ve run across do not stoop so low. The author of this article does not seem like the sharpest tool in the shed either…is he implying that they should not have been suspended with his “even in your own home” comment? Jeez, suspend this column…or better yet, terminate.

    • FRANK

      YOUR A LIBERAL DICK. STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK YOUR BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT YOU. YOU CAN NOT PUNISH PEOPLE FOR SAYING STUPID SHIT, AND THE SCHOOL HAS NO RIGHT TO GOVERN STUDENTS WHEN STUDENTS ARE HOME. YOUR PROBABLY THE ONE WHO CRIED ALL THROUGH SCHOOL BECAUSE PEOPLE CALLED YOU NAMES.

  • Roger G

    Re “this seems like a rule now that while you are a minor in school you cannot do anything without the fear of being suspended.”

    The writer’s complaint is exaggerated–the sanctions used in Gloucester i) are not suspension from school, but temporary loss of privileges in the athletic program, and ii) are motivated by very specific and educationally disruptive behavior.

    Minority students in the school are victims of the hate speech every bit as much or more than Mr. Ward. Public schools are grappling with the issue of how to maintain a healthy school environment while social media like twitter hugely expands the potential scope of behavior that poisons that environment. The response in Gloucester seems measured and reasonable: it signals that school privileges impose a duty on students to observe broadly shared norms of tolerance inside and outside of school while communicating on social media. At the same time, the response refrains from the harsher measure of suspension.

    Just to clarify, it wasn’t the Board of Education that sanctioned the students (the Board of Education is the State level body that is charged with creating and administering state education regulation), nor was it the Gloucester school committee, it was the school district administration that did this.

    (The State Board of Education has little direct role in local school district affairs, apart from imposing unfunded mandates on them.)

  • Tim

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.
    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.
    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  • Mark

    Schools should stay out of the lives of students. I agree with the writers comment about fearing suspension. I’m glad I’m out of HS now because the school system and this country is out of hand with regulations. BS!

  • FRANK

    THE 1ST AMENDMENT PROTECTS ALL SPEECH INCLUDING RACISTS ONES. THESE STUDENTS DID NOT MAKE ANY THREATS OR TERRORISTS STATEMENTS, THEREFORE THE SCHOOL(IF A PUBLIC SCHOOL) IS IN VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW BY PUNISHING THESE STUDENTS FOR THERE COMMENTS. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE DISAGREE WITH THESE COMMENTS THEY AND THE PEOPLE WHO SPOKE THEM ARE PROTECTED. I WOULD SUE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS A WHOLE AND THE BOARD INDIVIDUALLY.

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