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School Hockey Team's Season Cancelled Over Anti-Semitic Incidents

In the letter dated Jan. 19, administrators were notified of the incidents Friday

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    The season is ending early for a joint boys hockey team Framingham, Massachusetts, after allegations of anti-Semitic language. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016)

    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.

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