MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A father in Janesville is upset and upset as a racist meme focusing on his son makes the rounds on social media.
Robert Douglas says his 15-year-old son J.J. was featured within the meme. J.J. is a soccer participant for Janesville Parker Excessive Faculty. Robert Douglas says his son is a proficient large receiver on the varsity squad. He says when Parker performed Milton again in September, J.J. didn’t play nicely. He dropped passes and the protection shut him down. The gang let him learn about his efficiency.
“The gang was chanting ‘OVERRATED’ to my son,” stated Robert Douglas in a telephone dialog with NBC15.
A photograph was taken on the sport displaying J.J. mendacity face down on the bottom in disappointment. A Milton Excessive Faculty soccer defender was standing over him. Robert Douglas says a pupil at Milton took that picture and positioned one other picture beneath it depicting a slave grasp whipping a slave mendacity on the bottom.
Robert needs to make it clear that the student-athlete from Milton Excessive Faculty seen within the picture is NOT the one that created the meme. He has nothing to do with it. As a substitute, the one that created the meme is a pal of J.J.’s.
“They’ve been buddies since about 6-years-old,” Robert Douglas stated. “They grew up taking part in soccer collectively,”
Robert says his son was shocked to see the picture.
“He’s damage about it and about who did it,” stated Robert Douglas.
Robert Douglas says the mom of the boy who created the meme referred to as him to apologize.
“She should have apologized a dozen instances on the telephone. I do know the boy apologized on Snapchat, too,”
Robert Douglas says he’s utilizing this as a instructing second for his younger son.
“I instructed him the story of Hank Aaron. How individuals had been saying all types of issues about him as he chased the house run document. However I instructed him that Hank Aaron didn’t take note of any of that. He simply labored laborious and appeared what occurred, he grew to become the house run king,” stated Robert Douglas.
J.J. did find yourself bouncing again after the sport and posted spectacular numbers, together with two 100 yard video games to shut the season. He ended up with 4 triple-digit video games out of 9 performed en path to racking up 810 yards for the season.
Following every of their investigations, each the police division and the college district emphasised neither participant proven within the picture consented to their likenesses getting used within the submit and supplied their assist to the scholars and their households. “These college students have been victimized and deserve our compassion and understanding,” the college district added.
The Milton Excessive Faculty pupil behind the offending submit shall be topic to the district’s code of conduct and college handbook’s disciplinary procedures, the district continued. District officers have accomplished their investigation; nevertheless, the district didn’t define attainable repercussions, citing federal and state privateness legal guidelines relating to college students.
The Janesville Police Dept. has joined the investigation and the Milton Faculty District has condemned the meme as “abhorrent, inconsistent with the insurance policies of the (Faculty District of Milton), and has no place in our neighborhood,”
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