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UPDATE: SJV Responds To Rumors of Insensitive Chant at RBR Basketball Game

RBR and SJV school officials attempt to quell rumors that some SJV students allegedly chanted "Where's Albert?" in the stands at Wednesday night's basketball game.

Saint John Vianney Principal Steven C. DiMezza said today that the school is investigating an incident that occurred Wednesday during a boy’s basketball game vs. Red Bank Regional High School in Holmdel. 

"Inappropriate comments were made with regards to the loss of RBR student, Albert Martin," DiMezza said in a statement posted to the school website. "False rumors about chanting began circulating on social media sites.

"Matters such as this one are taken very seriously at Saint John Vianney High School," siad DiMezza. "We are in cooperation with the Holmdel Township Police Department and Red Bank Regional High School. Please be assured we will continue to work toward a resolution of this incident.

DiMezza continued, "Saint John Vianney High School understands and is very sensitive to the loss of a student as we have had three losses in the past few years. One individual’s insensitive comments are not a reflection of our feelings at SJVHS."

RBR students took to Twitter following the Dec. 19 game in Holmdel to express their collective outrage over reports that SJV students allegedly chanted "Where's Albert?" in the stands.

Martin, 17, a Red Bank Regional High School senior, died at Riverview Medical Center Dec. 3 after collapsing during a basketball scrimmage against Point Pleasant Beach High School.

"There was no chant," RBR Principal Risa Clay said in a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon. Instead, there were "comments made by one or more students in a small group at one end of the gym."

"The fact that it was only a few students does not make this incident any less repulsive or any less painful for our RBR community. In no way do we excuse the actions of these students," said Clay.

Students tweeted their reactions after the game, which SJV won 47-33, one writing that she was "seriously disgusted by the lack of respect" and another who was "infuriated."

"We are family and no one disrespects our family," another RBR student tweeted about the incident.

According to Principal Clay, she and the school's athletic director met with Holmdel police and "a number of RBR student representatives" to investigate the matter Thursday.

The SJV principal and athletic director apologized to the RBR community and Martin's family and is taking the matter "very seriously," said Clay. "They are committed to finding the people who made these comments and addressing them accordingly."

"Over the course of the past several months we have shown the true resilience of the RBR community, a resilience that we must not allow to be weakened by the ignorance and insensitivity of a few, said Clay.

"Join me in rising above this negativity and staying strong while honoring the memory of Albert Martin."

Fred RBPatch December 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@Nyr- You're kidding right? Have you read this thread in it's entirety? My post is the only one that made any sense here. You have 2 groups of people, many of which weren't even present at the incident (I was, were you?), making accusations, threats, etc. over a few extremely insensitive and careless remarks, and you think that YOUR advice to "...grow up" was all that worldly and insightful? Please... you think way too highly of yourself.
Fred RBPatch December 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
@Nyr- One more thing "Oh Most Knowledgeable One"... This isn't about "growing up", it's about "HOW Our Children Are BROUGHT Up."... it’s about proper parenting, providing a sense of family and love, and teaching respect for both the living AND the dead. If they’re taught to be disrespectful, they’ll still “grow up” (as you suggest), but they’ll grow up being disrespectful. So the next time you feel you want to add your “important wealth of wisdom”, try offering something more than a mere cliché.
B h December 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I still don't get what spellchecking has to do with this, and yes I was present.
Olivia Dunham December 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
The police? Are you KIDDING ME? Seriously. Not that the holmdel police are busy since all they do is sit on laurel avenue an 35 and write tickets but the police? Even if there was a chant. It is not a police matter. Get over it. You people are such babies.
Diane Canterbury December 27, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Wishing that everyone will let family, friends, and loved ones mourn in peace -- and not be exposed to unwarranted action/cruel discussion. Positive creates positive -- Be positive. Negative creates negative - Stop being negative.

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