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New Jersey Wrestlers Suspended After Hanging Photo Emerges

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(NBC News) -- Eight members of an unbeaten New Jersey high school wrestling team have been suspended after a photo surfaced showing team members posing with a mannequin in a rival school's colors hanging from a noose.

Phillipsburg High School Principal Greg Troxell announced Thursday during an internal school meeting that the wrestlers would not compete in the district tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday, said Michael Cherenson, representing the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Troxell would not say whether or not the teens who were suspended were pictured in the photo or if the suspension was related to the photo, Lehighvalleylive.com reported.

Troxell and Phillipsburg athletic administrators did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The photo shows seven white students posing with a dark-colored dummy hanged by its neck, wearing a Paulsboro Wrestling T-shirt. Two of the youths in the photo fashioned their sweatshirt hoods into points. Another is holding a paddle.

The two schools are longtime rivals. Phillipsburg, in northwest New Jersey, is a community of 15,000 where about 85 percent of the population is white. Paulsboro, south of Philadelphia, has about 6,000 residents -- more than one-third of them black, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Cherenson said that NJSIAA officials sent the picture to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights after they discovered it.

The Division on Civil Rights told NBC Philadelphia that they are considering whether they need to investigate further, pending responses from Phillipsburg High School.

School officials are due to submit the findings of their investigation into the photo to the NJSIAA and Civil Rights Division on Friday, Cherenson said.

 

A photo that appears to show seven Phillipsburg High School boys with a wrestling dummy hanging by its neck
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A photo that appears to show seven Phillipsburg High School boys with a wrestling dummy hanging by its neck.

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