PATERSON, NJ – A high school football game scheduled for Friday between the JFK Knights and the Clifton Mustangs has been postponed after players on both teams engaged in unbecoming social media conduct.
According to a statement by Paterson State District Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer on Friday a video showing JFK players and a written post by a Mustangs player included inappropriate and taunting language. The JFK Knights players identified in the video have been benched for one game.
“It is regrettable that our high school football players engaged in this behavior. And I want to make it absolutely clear that Paterson Public Schools has zero tolerance for any level of bullying or demeaning another person,” said Shafer. “The safety of our students, staff and anyone attending a Paterson Public School event is our top priority. I call upon all athletes in Paterson Public Schools to maintain the highest standards of sportsmanship, both on and off the field. It is our hope that Paterson high school football fans will attend tomorrow’s game showing the best sportsmanship and the best of our Paterson Pride.”
The game is now scheduled for Saturday at Clifton Stadium with a 10:00 a.m. kickoff.