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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."

Monmouth Resident December 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Who won?
Amy Byrnes (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 02:39 PM
SJV beat the Bucs 47-33.
Monmouth Resident December 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Oooof.
rbresident December 21, 2012 at 09:15 PM
GW. It's not a rumor. Things were said whether it was a chant or not, it has been confirmed some students said terrible statements out loud, loud enough for players of both teams to hear. So yes, SJV must do a WONDERFUL job with the students....
tfresident December 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
It's disgusting to see how many prejudice and buyest people there are in our community alone. It's obvious that you all have something against catholic schools, and those who are "elite" compared to you. I am a highschool athlete and i have seen both good and bad sportsmanship from sjv as well as rbr, and every other highschool for that matter. You cannot condemn the entire sjv student body because of a small group of individual's actions. Whose to say that it came from an sjv student, this was a public event. Most of these public schools should actually be trying to raise thier standards of accountability and discipline to match sjv. Some kids are able to get away with acts that would have them out of sjv in a heartbeat.
tfresident December 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
unsurprising isn't a word
tfresident December 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Just to let you know the president of the school promised that those who are responsible will have to deal with unpresidented consequences
tfresident December 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM
They are being punished you idiot. There was a moment of silence for Albert today at the christmas liturgy
larry lynch December 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Who won? RBR won. They did not respond to the idiots. But I suppose Monmouth resident is more concerned with score.
LisaCW December 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM
@TFresident Funny that you made fun of someone above by stating that "unsurprising" isn't a word and then you make a comment and spell "biased" completely wrong.( see your comment above ) I know you are young so just keep this in mind, if you are going to mock someone for misspelling something or call them out for a word or grammar, make sure when you make a comment you are spot on with everything you post.
Diane Canterbury December 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What Would Albert Do? (WWAD?) Biggie Smile - I got this... He would take the high road and just give them a big smile from his big heart. Let's do the same in honoring his integrity and character.
tfresident December 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@Lisacw I'll keep that in mind, but that still doesnt diminish the truth of everything else i said, ( assuming you are just another one of those BIASED people commenting on this issue which most likley doesnt involve you, not to say it definatley doesnt. A spelling error by a hs school student is a little less embarrassing than a middle aged adult using unsurprisng.
rbresident December 22, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Ok. It's obvious you're an SJV student. Secondly, it's been confirmed by staff and homdel police that it was SJV students so sorry. And getting online and calling people idiots and biased isn't a way to get your point across. Sorry, but no matter what you say will not stop the fact that whichever students said these words are absolutely heartless and have no manners or sportsmanship. Don't think they would be considered catholic school material.
tfresident December 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I dont know if you've been informed of this but the golden children of rbr have been doing nothing but trash talking sjv students online, there has even been threats towards the hockey team and thier game tommorow, recquiring a police escort to the game. I didnt know Albert, but he sounds like a good kid and would be ashamed to see what some of his classmates have to say. If you dont believe me check out #sjvscum on twitter. Maybe that will shed some light on this whole situation for you.
Diane Canterbury December 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Reading all these comments a few minutes ago. People..... what are you doing? Let the authorities take care of this and stop the tit for tat before you escalate a very serious situation.
D W December 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
This is killing me. Unsurprising. Yes, it is a word. Perhaps someone could look it up.
Judy A. Bonanno December 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Ditto Diane. Social media has spread the rumors and all the comments so fast. STOP! Let there be PEACE on earth and Let it begin .... Here and now. My prayers go out to ALL, RBR and SJV.
Terri Franco December 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Amen.
Jim December 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Judy u have made the most sense of all ..... After 9/11and now new town conn ... It's time to move on .... God bless Albert .... And god bless the students if something was said ..... We need to keep Christ in out hearts all the time not just at Christmas
rbresident December 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I think you'd trash talk a school when the students of that school thought it would be a good idea to make fun of an athlete who passed away, in front of his fellow teammates and classmates. Good job tfresident you're really helping your case.
Fred RBPatch December 23, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Can someone get tfresident a spell checker, please?
Nyr December 23, 2012 at 05:43 AM
@rbresident, I guess you think it's alright to make death threats. Why don't you just accept the fact that it was one, maybe two or three shiv students acting unacceptably, but dozens possibly hundreds of rbr students cursing at and making threats towards those who were not involved in the incident. I think it's time you started to grow up.
Nyr December 23, 2012 at 05:44 AM
*sjv
Nyr December 23, 2012 at 05:49 AM
@ Fred rbpatch, this issue goes beyond spellchecking. Please, if you have something that unimportant to say just don't say it.
mark donahue December 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I knew albert when he was a young boy and He would have smiled at the few people who made these comments. But lets remember that these kids are just kids and they all make mistakes.
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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