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Antisemitic songs heard in crowd at high school lacrosse game

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Source: CBS New York

Fairfield, Conn. – There was growing outrage Monday over hateful chants shouted at a high school lacrosse game. The controversy was even addressed at weekend graduation.

Fairfield Preparatory School fans are accused of making controversial remarks and even holding up a profane banner during the game against Staples High School in Westport last week.

On exclusive video obtained by CBS2’s Lisa Rozner, the word “Christmas” can be heard. Witnesses said Fairfield Prep fans were shouting “We have Christmas!” They were allegedly boasting about how the Jesuit school’s community has Christmas as opposed to a third of the players on the opposing team, who are Jewish.

“It was constant throughout the game. It ebbed and flowed, but it didn’t stop,” Staples High School parent Roz Koether said. “One of (Staples) lead players is Jewish, so he’s on he field a lot.”

Koether said she was there, as was Staples head coach Paul McNulty.

No one at Fairfield Prep would speak to CBS2 on camera, but on Sunday the school’s president addressed the matter in his graduation speech.

 

“Prep students from all years were there. Student government leaders were there. Team leaders were there. It was a collective failure,” Rev. Thomas Simisky said.

McNulty and Koether commend the speech, but said so far they nor any of the students on the team have received an apology.