Grosso writes in a letter to families Wednesday:
Dear MHS Students,
On February 28th, Montclair Kimberley Academy hosted Montclair High School’s Boys Varsity Basketball team for a competitive exhibition. At the conclusion of the game Montclair High School won the competition with a score of 70 to 55. Montclair celebrated this win with pride and displayed our excitement towards our players on the court. At the conclusion of the competition, social media posts displayed negative unsportsmanlike conduct toward the Mounties which reached into the parking lot with foul comments towards our students. This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
A representative from Montclair Kimberley Academy contacted me, apologized and scheduled a meeting later this week to restore our relationship. I have also had a conversation with Dr. Parker, Montclair Public Schools Superintendent, and Dr. Scarpello, Montclair High School Athletic Director, about these disturbing events and have called for an investigation into this behavior by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
No student should be subjected to this type of behavior. My hope is that the individuals who made the derogatory comments towards our students can be self-reflective and understand the damage that their actions evoke on the intended individuals.
It is important in times like this to reflect and react in a way that does not spread the negativity, but rises above the insensitivity and represents Montclair High School with class and grace. We are Mounties through and through, and we will bleed blue to the end of our days. It may be difficult for others to see what we stand for and who we are as a school, but we take pride in our ability to understand our strength in diversity.
Anthony Grosso Principal
Interim Superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker referenced the issue at Wednesday’s Montclair Board of Education meeting and said he would be joining Principal Grosso at a meeting with Montclair Kimberley Academy.