Manville Students Prank Bound Brook – Creative or Racist? [POLL/VIDEO]
Did a Manville prank at Bound Brook High go too far? Or is it just some creative fun on the part of some Manville students. I guess it all depends on who the prankers and prankees are – and whether or not you have a sense of humor; or see everything through a “racial prism.”
The prank involved the expression “jungle fever” alluding to the 1991 Spike Lee movie featuring an interracial romance.
In case you’re not familiar with the movie, here’s a clip featuring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra about to give in to temptation:
The banner that was hung uses the hashtag #junglefeverBB possibly signifying that Bound Brook HS has a larger black population of students than Manville.
Besides that, the schools are bitter sports rivals.
The banner also depicts a crudely drawn black penis.
I look – I laugh – but then again I have a warped sense of humor. (I’d show you the picture, but it may not be for the faint of heart.)
"We are aware of the unfortunate situation and have been in contact with the Manville High School administration and local police," Bound Brook High School principal Edward Smith said. "I have full faith and confidence in the Manville administration's ability to conduct an investigation to the fullest extent, and handle the situation accordingly by holding the students involved accountable for their actions."
Lt. Kevin Rivenbark of Bound Brook Police said he was aware of the incident, and said the department's school resource officer was conducting an investigation.
Manville High School and Bound Brook High School have been sports rivals for years, and some comments on the "Spotted: Manville NJ" Facebook page have referred to the banner as nothing more than an end-of-the-year senior prank.
"It has nothing to do with being big & bad...it's simply senior pranks. Which simplified means harmless fun," Tommy Guns DeFazio wrote. "Now I understand that some of the stunts that are pulled are of poor taste...that, initially is not the intent. If you can all recall some of the stupid (stuff) we have done at 16, 17, 18 years of age I think everyone would be a bit more tolerant!"
Amy Keich Simko wrote that the use of the phrase "hungle fever" and the drawing were a "huge lapse in judgement" and "embarrassing."
"As a Bound Brook resident it's not the hanging of the sign, which I must say is hilarious, it is the reference to black people & the picture of a penis that makes it uncool," Michele Hayes Defazio wrote. "Other than that, I'm glad no one got hurt hanging it."
So that statement about it being hilarious should sum it up. That's all it is. Hilarious!
Since no animals were harmed in the making of the prank, nor was there any damage done to the school – do we go so far as to charge the kids (and I assume they were kids that pulled this off) with any crime – especially as it relates to race.