SUMMIT, NJ -- Assistant Superintendent of North Plainfield Schools Dr. Robert Rich confirmed that an incident of alleged racism ocurred prior to the high school football game last Friday between Summit and North Plainfield. Rich also confirmed that there are internal and external investigations into the allegations.
"I have been working on the investigation of the incident with our staff and the Summit Superintendent," stated Rich. "The incident has been turned over to New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) for an independent investigation."
People familiar with the incident have stated that one or more banana peels were left in the visitor's locker room prior to the North Plainfield team's arrival, and that a number of bananas were later shoved one by one through a hole in a door as the Canucks prepared for the game..
Many North Plaifnield parents and players believe that the bananas were intended as a racist taunt.
The North Plainfield schools have stated that they will not comment while the investigation is ongoing, prefering to wait for all facts to be in before commenting. It is not known whether there was any connection to the Summit Hilltoppers football team, or even Summit High School students at this time.
The Hilltoppers won the game, played in Summit, 26-0, over the Canucks following the incident.