Now trying wrestling with racism.
Just hours after a New Jersey high school wrestling team took a state title, a disturbing photograph has emerged that appears to show them posing with a black dummy hanging by its neck.
The seven boys, dressed in maroon and white Phillipsburg High School colors, are shown in various poses as a dummy hangs from the ceiling. Two of the boys wear pointed hoods that are reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan members.
According to the 2010 Census, 7.5 percent of the residents in Phillipsburg, located 19 miles northeast of Allentown, Penn., are black. In contrast, 36 percent of Paulsboro’s residents are black.
Phillipsburg Superintendent George Chando, reached for comment by the Daily News, said little more than that the photo’s under review.
“The incident reported is a student matter dealing with minors,” he said in an email. “An investigation was undertaken and upon conclusion of the investigation, actions were taken by the district consistent with its policies.”
Phillipsburg High School Wrestling Coach Dave Post declined to comment when reached by the Express-Times. He called the photo a “private student matter that’s currently under investigation.”