DUXBURY (UKTN) – The Duxbury High School football team received a lesson in anti-Semitism just before Passover after discovering they were using offensive language in their calls to play.
State Senator Barry Finegold said he had a “great conversation” with the team on Saturday to discuss the Jewish faith and the Holocaust.
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Earlier today I had the opportunity to meet members of the Duxbury High School football team. We had a great conversation, and I wanted to share some thoughts: pic.twitter.com/seKgzd13IV
– Barry Finegold (@Barry_Finegold) March 27, 2021
“I think we can use the Duxbury incident as a crucial learning opportunity,” Finegold said. Finegold, who is Jewish and played football in high school and college, contacted the football team after the incident became public.
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The team is under investigation for using words like “Auschwitz”, “rabbi” and “dreidel” as audible during a match earlier this month.
Coach Dave Maimaron was fired and their season suspended indefinitely. Maimaron was also put on administrative leave from his job as a special education teacher.
This week, the team will begin the first of two mandatory high school diversity, equity and inclusion workshops.
“This program will focus on the Holocaust, not only as a historic event, but also as a lived experience that continues to impact families every day,” Director Jim Donovan and the sporting director Thom Holdgate in a letter to the team. “The second workshop will focus on the role and responsibilities of being an upstander.”
Football teams will not play Whitman-Hanson this week.
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“We think it is extremely important that this work begins in earnest before our teams find themselves competing again,” the letter said.