FBI, state, local authorities investigating Lunenberg, Mass. racist graffiti

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November 18, 2013, 10:42 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Lunenberg, Mass.) - The FBI, Mass. State Police and Lunenburg Police are now investigating after racist graffiti was found on the home of an 8th grade football player.

The Superintendent of Schools, Loxi Jo Calmes, also announced Monday night that the remaining football games "have been forfeited."

"We have no tolerance for racism in any form and we are doing everything we can to eliminate it," said Calmes.

Standing next to his parents at the family home, 13-year-old Issac Phillips, the alleged target of the graffiti, reacted to the news saying, "it's just not the best place to be in."

His father, Anthony Phillips said, "Maybe it's the only way, enough pressure for someone to say something."

But not everyone thinks canceling the last game of the season is the right way to go.

Dan Keohan coaches summer football.

He also says he wants the school to be more forthcoming with information.

"You have one or two screwballs that did this alleged crime, and they're punishing the entire school basically" said Keohan.

But others, including a family who have a sign on their property that reads, "No hate," say ending football for the season was the right move.

Joanne Daly said, "this is more important than football."

In this case, the graffiti on the family home read, "Knights don't need the N*****."

Phillips says he's also been bullied at school.

He says his bicycle wheel was punctured and water was put in his cleats, which were then thrown in the garbage.

Monday night, NECN is also learning more about racism allegedly involving Lunenburg football players.

A Worcester athletic official confirms earlier this month there was a racial incident that allegedly happened during a varsity football game between the two towns. NECN was told an incident report was filed.

A Worcester school official also says a racial incident allegedly happened three days later during a J-V game.

NECN was told a fight broke out, and the game was stopped. An incident report was also filed.

"I wish it would have stopped then because this could have been prevented," said Issac's mother.

The school department says they've sought the assistance of the Anti-Defamation League to "assist us in delivering additional educational programs for students to teach tolerance."

The Police Department says they are making progress in the investigation.

Tags: massachusetts, FBI, Massachusetts State Police, Lunenberg, Kathryn Sotnik, anthony phillips, Lunenberg Police, Loxi Jo Calmes, Issac Phillips, Lunenberg football players
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