DUXBURY (CBS) – The Duxbury High School football team got a lesson in anti-Semitism just before Passover after it was discovered they were using offensive language as part of their play calls.
State senator Barry Finegold said he had a “great conversation” with the team Saturday to discuss the Jewish faith and the Holocaust.READ MORE: Woman Seeks Funeral Reimbursement From FEMA After Losing Husband, Father To COVID
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Duxbury High School football team. We had a great conversation, and I wanted to share a few reflections: pic.twitter.com/seKgzd13IV
— Barry Finegold (@Barry_Finegold) March 27, 2021
“I believe we can use the incident in Duxbury as a crucial learning opportunity,” Finegold said. Finegold, who is Jewish and played football in high school and college, reached out to the football team after the incident became public.READ MORE: 'He Was My Motor, I Was His Heart': Rick Hoyt Remembers Father, Boston Marathon Icon
The team is under investigation for using words like “Auschwitz,” “rabbi” and “dreidel” as audibles during a game earlier this month.
Coach Dave Maimaron was fired and their season has been suspended indefinitely. Maimaron has also been placed on administrative leave from his job as a special education teacher.
This week, the team will begin the first of two mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion workshops at the high school.
“This program will focus on the Holocaust, not just as a historical event but as a lived experience that continues to impact families every day,” Principal Jim Donovan and Athletic Director Thom Holdgate said in a letter to the team on Monday. “The second workshop will focus on the role and the responsibilities of being an upstander.”
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“We feel that it is extremely important that this work begins in earnest before our teams compete again,” the letter said.