Two high school students at Atlantic City’s Holy Spirit High School thought it would be funny to dress up as a monkey and banana to taunt the black players of Atlantic City High School. But people didn’t find it funny at all and quite racist.
“I absolutely think it was offensive,” said Ricardo Belgrave to NBC10. “You should know when you’re putting that costume on, it should come in your mind that this might offend African-American people.”
But not everyone thought it was racist.
“To me it was harmless kids pranks, you know. I didn’t see any racial overtones to anything,” said Jack Versput.
The students involved in the prank will not be punished, but have been warned similar actions would not be tolerated. But the referees were reprimanded and were told it should not have been allowed.