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School responds to anti-Semitic chant at basketball game


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BRAINTREE -- Students from Catholic Memorial School in Roxbury were not in the stands at the TD Garden to watch their team take on Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in the basketball semi-finals March 15.

The school asked students not to attend to illustrate the seriousness of an anti-Semitic chant by Catholic Memorial fans at a game between Catholic Memorial and Newton North High School played at Newton South High School March 11.

According to reports by those in attendance, the Catholic Memorial fans chanted "You killed Jesus, you killed Jesus" to the opposing school, which has a large Jewish population.

The anti-Semitic chants were apparently made in retaliation to Newton North's chants of "where are your girls?" and a crude reference to Catholic Memorial being an all-boys school.

Catholic Memorial issued a statement immediately following the incident, saying the school is "deeply disturbed by the behavior of a group of student spectators who made an unacceptable chant Friday night."

The schools said "CM faculty and staff acted immediately to stop the behavior," and at the conclusion of the game the students were reprimanded and told to offer individual apologies to Newton North principal Mark Aronson before leaving the arena.

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