(JTA) — A South Carolina teenager said he was beaten by teammates on his middle school’s football team because he is Jewish.
Caspian Driscoll, 15, of Fort Mill told NBC-TV Charlotte that the incident occurred on Oct. 10 on the team bus.
Driscoll reportedly asked his teammates to be quiet so he could wish his grandmother a happy birthday by cell phone. They shouted anti-Semitic insults, he told NBC Charlotte, adding that they had made similar insults in the past.
When he attempted to get off the bus in the parking lot, Driscoll said a teammate pushed him back in his seat and told him to “‘Sit down, you stupid Jew!” That sparked a fist fight, which led to a two-day suspension from school for Driscoll and three other students and being kicked off the team for the rest of the season.
Driscolls mother, Mims, recorded a YouTube video decrying her son’s treatment and urging parents to fight bullying. Nearly 1,000 people have viewed the video. A Facebook page on the same subject, called “I’m the Mom,” has received more than 230 Likes in three days.
Click here for complete coverage on the 2012 elections from JTA.
Click to write a letter to the editor.
This article was made possible by the support of readers like you. Donate to JTA now.