Racist Ref Who Told High School Wrestler To Cut Dreadlocks Won’t Officiate In School District Again
Last week, social media was in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a wrestler from Buena High School being forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match during a dual meet last Thursday night against Oakcrest, according to a report by SNJ Today News.
Andrew Johnson elected to cut his hair, prompting what appears to be an athletic trainer to shear off his dreadlocks with scissors on the mat.
It was later revealed the ref has a history of racist behavior — using a racial slur toward a black man during a social gathering in 2016.
Now, no other wrestler will go through the turmoil of having to get their hair in embarrassing fashion after a New Jersey superintendent stated that ref will never officiate in the district again.
“Buena Regional School District Superintendent David Cappuccio and the Board of Education met Wednesday night with concerned residents over what happened at the wrestling match.
No action or voting took place, but voices were heard, including that of the superintendent.
“He’s done working with our district,” Cappuccio said of referee Alan Maloney.
Steve Martinelli of Buena Vista Township was one of the many who expressed themselves during the emergency board meeting.
“I came here tonight because I’m a wrestler and I wanted to defend that kid,” Martinelli said.
“What I saw made me sick to my stomach. I don’t know who is at fault. That’s their job to come to tell me what happened,” Martinelli said.
“It doesn’t matter if he was black, white, green, or purple, it broke my heart to watch that young man stand there and be humiliated like that,” another person said at the meeting that was open to the public.”
During the board meeting, the community questioned if the referee’s actions were racially motivated and if school officials should have stepped in.