A joint boys hockey team in Framingham, Massachusetts, will have its season ended early because of alleged anti-Semitic incidents over the year.
"Sad, discouraged, they're totally at a loss," said team manager Kariene Disney. "These kids lived and breathed hockey."
Members of the Marian-Keefe Tech hockey team were devastated after their season has been suspended.
In letters sent home to parents in both schools Monday, administrators said they were told Friday about anti-Semitic actions and comments allegedly made by some members of the Marian-Keefe Tech hockey team toward one member of the team.
The superintendent for Keefe Tech said they interviewed members of the hockey team.
"Our investigation revealed a pervasive climate of disrespect that involved multiple student athletes from both schools," superintendent Jonathan Evans said in a statement. "This behavior is inconsistent with the values of our school and expectations for our student athletes."
"In a locker room, they joke, they banter back and forth," Disney said. "But not to this extent."
Disney, who's also a parent of a player, says if anti-Semitic comments were made, that's unacceptable. But she claims only four players were involved.
"What we have a problem with is punishing the ones who had nothing to do with it," she said.