Anti-Defamation League Condemns Mass. Hate Crime

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LUNENBURG, Mass. (AP) – The Anti-Defamation League’s New England chapter is condemning what it calls a hate crime against the family of a 13-year-old high school football player in Lunenburg.

Someone painted racist graffiti including the N-word last week on the home of the player, Isaac Phillips, who plays on Lunenburg High School’s freshman and junior varsity football teams. Isaac’s father is African-American and his mother is white.

The graffiti prompted school officials to indefinitely postpone Friday night’s game against Oakmont Regional while they and police investigate the vandalism. No arrests have been made.

The Anti-Defamation League condemned the vandalism on Sunday and offered its support to the community.

Isaac’s father, Anthony Phillips, told The Telegram & Gazette that his son will not return to Lunenburg’s school system.

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