An independent investigation into the use of anti-Semitic language in game calls by the Duxbury High School football team found it likely to be a systemic problem known to a coach and which may have been used in the exercises since 2010.
A reference to the Holocaust during a game on March 12th led to the sacking of head coach David Maimaron, the cancellation of games and mandatory workshops on diversity, justice and inclusion for the team. But the investigation by an outside attorney provides new information about what happened on the team.
It turned out that the coaching staff was aware of the use of Jewish terms during training and tolerated them.
“There was evidence that the use of this language was a systemic problem and may have appeared in practice as early as 2010. Sufficient credible evidence was found to support the conclusion that coaching staff were aware of the use of such terms during training. “Superintendent John Antonucci wrote to the Duxbury School Committee.
The results of the investigation were presented to the Duxbury School District on Monday and Antonucci shared his conclusions with the committee on Thursday. His memo was shared with the community.
Days after head coach David Maimaron was fired for using anti-Semitic language in game calls, the school announced on Monday that the team would have to attend two workshops on diversity, equality and inclusion.
The investigation also found evidence of “a culture of profane language and rude and sophomoric behavior” on the team, with homophobic slurs and profanity on the sidelines and coaches making “sexually insulting jokes and innuendos” in front of the players, Antonucci wrote.
In addition, the team had a tradition of praying the Catholic “Father’s Prayer” before each game, and went to a team mass each year on the Wednesday before the team’s annual Thanksgiving game. Both are violations of school policy, said Antonucci, which follows the constitutional separation of church and state.
The investigation was commissioned after the March 12 game, in which a player shouted the name of a Nazi concentration camp to point out a lockdown program for other linemen, according to the superintendent’s report. The research found no evidence that this language was used in games in previous years.
Maimaron apologized for the language used in the game before his release: “I would like to apologize for the insensitive, blatant and inappropriate language used in the game on March 12th. The use of the term was careless, unnecessary and above all hurtful – inexcusable. ”
Other words related to Judaism have been used in game calls that likely started between 2010 and 2012, the research found. A game call from “rabbit” evolved to “rabbi” and then other terms such as “dreidel” and “Hanukkah” were introduced.
“The use of religious, ethnic, racial or sexual terms as audio or nicknames can be considered offensive to a reasonable person and lead to actual acts of discrimination. The use of seemingly innocuous religious terms for plays and nicknames is no less appropriate than the use of words commonly associated with racial or ethnic cultures, “wrote Antonucci
The Headmaster concluded the report by saying, “While there are no excuses for what happened, it is the mission and aim of Duxbury Public Schools to work with the wider community to promote and create a diverse and inclusive educational environment, both in and out of society in our classrooms as well as in our sports and extracurricular programs. “
The school district says it is working with the Anti-Defamation League on the gravity of the allegations.
The investigation was conducted by attorney Edward Mitnick, who interviewed 52 people, including current and former coaches and players, as well as parents and teachers.
The district is working with the Anti-Defamation League on how it would respond in the short and long term, officials said in a recent message to parishioners.
“The outrage is real, justified, and we hear it. The fact that members of our school community used such offensive language, including anti-Semitic language, is terrifying and disappointing, ”they told them