Racial Slur Towards Track Athlete Sparks Investigation


On May 1st an incident occurred during a track meet at at Haddonfield Memorial High School involving a Haddonfield white male lacrosse player allegedly using the the N-word telling a black female track athlete from Sterling High School "to get off his track," as stated in a report by Philly.com.

Girls from the Haddon Heights track and field team also heard the slur and brought it to their coach's attention. 

The NJSIAA is aware of the incident and has referred the allegations to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office confirmed to NJ Advance Media that they have received documentation of the incident from NJSIAA and are in the process of reviewing the report. 

The Haddonfield School District suspended practice for the lacrosse team for two days following the initial event last week, and today canceled the remainder of its season.

In a statement to NJ Advance Media, Haddonfield School District interim Superintendent Dr. David T. Lindenmuth said that their internal investigation discovered issues that are "completely unacceptable for this community."

"There is no room for hate of any kind at Haddonfield Schools and it will not be tolerated. It is not who we are and it does not represent our student body," Lindenmuth said in a statement.

The Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP is also investigating. 

According to census statistics, Haddonfield's population is 92% white. Sterling High School draws students from five different communities in Camden County, whose population is 72% white.

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