NJ High School Wrestling Team Under Fire For Noose Photo
Just hours after a New Jersey high school wrestling team took a state title, a disturbing photograph has emerged that appears to show them posing with a black dummy hanging by its neck.
The seven boys, dressed in maroon and white Phillipsburg High School colors, are shown in various poses as a dummy hangs from the ceiling. Two of the boys wear pointed hoods that are reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan members. In a morbid kind of caricature, the dummy appears to wear a wrestling shirt of the team’s crushed competitor, Paulsboro High School, located just outside Philadelphia.
According to the 2010 Census, 7.5 percent of the residents in Phillipsburg, located 19 miles northeast of Allentown, Penn., are black. In contrast, 36 percent of Paulsboro’s residents are black. Phillipsburg High School Wrestling Coach Dave Post declined to comment when reached by the Express-Times. He called the photo a “private student matter that’s currently under investigation.”