PRINCETON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some New Jersey high school students are having to answer questions after a photo of them playing an anti-Semitic game of beer pong was posted online.
It was a game that went way too far — Jews vs. Nazis, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported. A picture first posted on social media shows Princeton High School students playing the game, called “Alcoholocaust.”
Jamaica Ponder, who is not Jewish, decided to take to her blog to write about what she called an appalling game. In the photo, cups are arranged in the shape of the Star of David and a swastika.
“I saw it on Snapchat and I took a screenshot, and I initially wasn’t going to do anything with it,” said Ponder, a student at the high school. “But I showed it to one of my close friends, and she expressed to me that she had actually been at the party and she asked them to stop, and they wouldn’t.”
Some students Baker spoke to agreed with Ponder’s decision to bring it to light.
“I think what she did was completely right,” said Shahieym Brown, a student. “This type of behavior needed to get out there and it needed to get the attention.”
“I was appalled by these events, and I think the administration needs to do something about it,” said Ben Fine.
Students said the game was played over spring break in a private home. Those involved are seniors who played sports — two of them are also student mentors.
Outside the school, some kids disagreed with Ponder for writing about the picture.
“I think it was a bad game to play, but I think posting it on social media was a bit over the top,” said Brendan Rougas.
“They could have put it in better terms and they could have played a better game, but at the end of the day, it was just a game,” said Isaac Webb.
Parents are upset.
“The fact that now this is turning into that the messenger is the problem, instead of of what actually happened,” said Nicole Breitman, a mother. “I don’t know, I just think it’s interesting that that’s where the focus is shifting now.”
Ponder said the majority of people have supported her.
As for the underage drinking element of this, Ponder’s mom says parents need to take responsibility.
“My hope is that parents stop saying ‘boys will be boys’ and stop saying ‘it’s a rite of passage,” Michelle Ponder said. “It is damaging. It’s hurting our kids.”
The superintendent said the school is talking to the individuals involved and their families.