Harassment prompts school officials to postpone football game
The alleged harassment of an eighth grader forced Lunenburg school officials to cancel a high school football game Friday night.
Andrea Brazier told NewsCenter 5’s Liam Martin that when her family awoke Friday morning, someone had spray painted racist graffiti aimed at her son on their home’s foundation.
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Her son, Isaac Phillips, is on Lunenburg High School’s football team, the Blue Knights. Brazier is white and her son’s father is black.
“I don’t really understand why someone would even do something like this,” Phillips said. “I have two younger brothers and another sister. This is our house, this is where we live. Eventually they’re going to see it.”
Brazier said she immediately called police, who then notified the school. Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes decided Friday afternoon to indefinitely postpone the football game against Oakmont Regional.
The family said that players were given an opportunity to come forward with information during a meeting on Friday but chose not to.
In addition to the graffiti, Phillip’s cleats were taken from his locker and thrown in a trash can. The same day a tire on his bicycle was slashed in the school parking lot.
“That was like my ride home,” he said.
Brazier said her son no longer wants to attend Lunenburg High because of the harassment.
“He doesn’t want to go to the school anymore. He’s beyond upset about the whole situation,” Brazier said tearing up. “It’s upsetting. My kids all go there.”
Police issued a statement on Saturday saying the incident was under investigation by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.
“As a community we offer our deepest support to the player and his family, and want to emphasize that Lunenburg is an inclusive, supportive community and this is not the sort of behavior we foster or tolerate. The nature of this crime has deeply impacted the team, the school and the entire community,” the statement read.