High school football team under investigation for use of anti-Semitic terms to call plays

A high school football team in Duxbury, Massachusetts is under investigation for its use of anti-Semitic language to call plays during a game.

In a statement shared with USA TODAY Sports, Duxbury Public Schools superintendent John Antonucci said the school launched an investigation as soon as the allegations came to light and reached out to members of the Duxbury community and the Anti-Defamation League. 

"As our investigation continues to unfold, it has become clear that members of the Duxbury High School football team did in fact use anti-Semitic and potentially other inappropriate and derogatory language," Antonucci said. "We have been in touch with many members of the community, parents, and the Anti-Defamation League regarding the seriousness of the allegations. We are continuing our investigation and will have further comment at a later time."

According to New England's Anti-Defamation League, the words "Auschwitz," "Rabbi and "Dreidel" were among those used during the game to call audibles. 

“We are shocked and offended at these allegations of anti-Semitism and we call for a full scale independent investigation," ADL New England regional director Robert Trestan said in a statement shared with USA TODAY Sports. "It is deeply hurtful to the Jewish community to learn that plays on the field were connected to the Holocaust and Judaism. There are indications of a systemic failure both on and off the field. We are working with Duxbury officials as this investigation proceeds.”

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