moon crickets of Bangor. I never heard this expression, but a coach at the school district did, and is alleged to have used it while addressing some black athletes. They sued, and received a settlement.
This story made me wonder about two basketball players kicked off the team at the end of the season. Was it because they are of color or their inability to follow team rules, I wondered.
I know who these boys are, have watched them play, and know they are tremendously gifted. One of the played with my grandson. But I never spoke with either of them before writing my story.
Last night, I was contacted, for the first time, by their mother. She explained what had happened, from her point of view. She told me that, at school, her sons have been accused of stirring up this story, which is untrue. What really provoked me to dig a little, and I did not have to dig long, was the result of other problems at the school district.
Today, as one of these young men made his way down the hall, he was confronted by a student adorned in what appears to be a white hood and mask.
No one has to tell me what means.
As he was dragged down the hall, students claim he began to shout, "F-ck n-gg-rs!"
No one has to tell me what that means, either.
Bangor has a problem.
(Originally published 1:47 pm)