Students and administrators at a Boston-area Catholic school had to apologize after dozens of its fans chanted "You killed Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with a large number of Jewish students on Friday, the Washington Post reports. Some Jewish attendees at the division title game between Catholic Memorial School and Newtown North High School were alarmed by the chant. “I can’t believe it,” says one spectator, whose parents survived Nazi concentration camps. “I just can’t believe it.” Following the game, which Catholic Memorial won 77-73, Catholic Memorial fans apologized to the principal of Newton North.
In a statement released Saturday, the president of Catholic Memorial called the chant "unacceptable" and said the school was "deeply disturbed" by it. "This incident, while not representative of the school community, presents an opportunity to promote an important learning experience for the students,” CBS Boston quotes the Archdiocese of Boston. The Newtown superintendent admits that “sometimes our kids can say crude things at sporting events"—reports have Newtown North fans chanting "sausage fest" and "Where are your girls" at the all-boys Catholic Memorial—but he says the Catholic Memorial chant was "highly troubling given the connotation and given history.” (Read more antisemitism stories.)