BUENA, New Jersey (WPVI) –
A wrestling match at high school in Atlantic County, New Jersey, has become viral after a teenager was told he could not wrestle unless he cut off his curls ,
The incident raised questions about why the teenager was called for his hair.
Many say the only reason why there was a call to cut their hair was the wrestler's skin color.
Wrestler at Buena Regional High School Andrew Johnson, a junior, had to get her hair cut or forfeit the match.
In a video of the incident, you can see his curls cut off by a trainer.
He would then win his match
The order to cut down the locks came from umpire Alan Maloney.
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We got mixed reactions when we talked to several people and asked them to get involved in the controversy.
Maylin Bauza, who goes to school with Johnson, and her mother say Maloney went too far.
"His hair has always been that way, so it's not okay for them," said Bauza. 19659003] Others argue that Maloney was only following the rules for hair.
"I just think the rules are the rules, and when his hair is underneath, he had to cut his hair, and I do not think it was a race problem," says Vineland's Gina Fiocchi.
Well, here is the rule. She says, "If a person has longer hair than is allowed, it must be included in a proprietary hair protector to the earmuffs." The wrestler who chooses legal hair protection must wear it during the weighing procedure … "[19659003ItisreportedthatJohnsonhadahatbutnotnecessarilytheoneheneeded
"I do not believe it was right, I do not want to put racists out there, but I do not think it was right," says Tekaya Potts of Beuna Vista Township. "A person expresses himself in different ways and everyone is different. "
Now the state ruled Body investigating the incident, and on Friday afternoon they released a statement stating:
" Regarding a situation regarding a Buena Regional High School (Buena, New Jersey ), a university wrestler and a wrestling referee, the NJSIAA had direct contact with school officials and is now awaiting official incident reports.A report was also requested by the arbitrator involved.NJSIAA also has the New Jersey Department on Civil Rights and according to its formal Sports policy provided the initial information and will continue to send updates as they become available.
"Regulation Hair length and legal hair covers for wrestlers are provided by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS). At this point, the NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident and to determine if there is a violation.
"Complaints against civil servants are first heard by the officials and can then be appealed to the NJSIAA Controversies Committee, as a precautionary measure, the NJSIAA will recommend the officials in the light of the attention being paid to this matter, the arbitrator in question no event until this matter has been scrutinized more closely to avoid possible distractions to the police competing wrestlers. "
So Maloney will not be referring games for the foreseeable future while the NJSIAA is investigating.
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