TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Seven members of a New Jersey high school wrestling team have been scratched from a state tournament days after a photo surfaced of team members apparently simulating a lynching.
Phillipsburg High School officials would not say why the wrestlers were pulled from competition, telling The Express-Times of Easton it’s a “private student matter.”
The picture showed seven boys in Phillipsburg wrestling attire surrounding a black wrestling dummy wearing a rival Paulsboro High School T-shirt and hanging from a noose.
Pictures of the wrestlers who were scratched seem to match the faces in the photo.
A spokesman for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association says the organization is awaiting a report from Phillipsburg school officials on how they’re handling the situation. The state Division on Civil Rights also is looking at the case.