No Bias in NJ Football Team's Banana Prank: Agency

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The organization that governs high school sports in New Jersey says there was insufficient proof that a high school football team's prank was racially motivated.

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The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association investigated after North Plainfield High School filed a complaint because the Summit team shoved bananas through a hole in the visiting team's locker room door before a Sept. 13 game. About half of North Plainfield's players are black.

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Summit had said the practice started last year to reduce teams from overhearing each other.

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The Courier News of Bridgewater reports the NJSIAA on Monday said Summit coaches should have stopped the prank because it could be considered offensive.

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Summit coaches must undergo sensitivity training and the captains from both teams must meet to foster reconciliation.

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