PLAINFIELD, NJ - Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso appeared at a Plainfield City Council meeting Monday night to address the incident that occurred before a varsity girls basketball game between A.L. Johnson High School and Plainfield High School on Saturday morning.
A black puppet, hanging by a string looped around its neck and hand, a basketball attached to one end, greeted players from the Plainfield High School girls basketball team when they arrived at Johnson High School Saturday morning.
Bonaccorso offered an apology to the residents and school district of Plainfield, and said he did not know if what took place had been done with malicious intent. He said that it is being investigated by a number of authorities.
In a statement issued after Saturday's incident, Clark Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande said, “The Clark Board Education and the Clark Community does not condone any demonstrations of intolerance. The Board will promptly and thoroughly investigate this matter to determine what occurred following the basketball game on January 7th and will take remedial action as necessary. It is premature to make any further statements until such time as the investigation is completed. Good sportsmanship and respect of fellow and opponent teammates has and will always continue to be an integral part of Crusader Athletics.”
Plainfield's own Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles issued a statement about taking decisive action on behalf of the student athletes and the district.