A middle-school football team in Massachusetts was forced to bring their season to an early close when one of their players' homes was spray-painted with racist graffiti. The attack also included slashing the boy's tires. Initially investigators believed that other members of the boy's team were to blame. The graffiti message said, "Knights don't need *n word*", and during their football games, some members of the team had been known to yell racially charged hate-speak.
Eighth grader Isaac Philips, the boy in question, is of mixed race, and out of concern for his safety, the school ended the team's season early. What seemed like a cut and dried (if awful) story of racism and hatred came to a close. Now it has come to light that it is more complex than we ever thought possible.