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'Jews vs. Nazis' beer pong: It's what kids at this N.J. high school are playing

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:39 AM
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'Jews vs. Nazis' beer pong: It's what kids at this N.J. high school are playing

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Photo courtesy of Jamaica Ponder
Keith Brown | For NJ.comBy Keith Brown | For NJ.com 
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on April 07, 2016 at 5:05 PM, updated April 08, 2016 at 7:46 AM

PRINCETON — A photo of Princeton High School students playing a drinking game that pits "Jews vs. Nazis" has surfaced on social media and caught the attention of the school district.

The photo depicts a version of "beer pong" called Holocaust Pong or Alcoholocaust, according to several websites that describe the game. Beer cups are arranged in a Star of David and swastika formation on each end of a table.

The "Jews" are allowed to "Anne Frank,'' or hide, one of their cups. The Nazis are allowed to "Auschwitz" their opponents, requiring one to sit out a round, websites say.

Princeton schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane said the district is talking to the students and their families about the photo and its raised several concerns.

"As an individual and as the superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools, I am deeply upset that some of our students chose to engage in a drinking game with clearly anti-Semitic overtones and to broadcast their behavior over social media," Cochrane said in a statement.

Cochrane said the photo illustrates several lessons. "Underage drinking is not a new problem; nor is the misuse of social media; nor are actions of bias or bigotry," he said. "They are not new problems, but they do not have to be ongoing ones."

The photo was shared on the social media platform SnapChat, where it was discovered by another student.

That student, Jamaica Ponder, wrote about it on her blog in a post that condemned the act. The post had been shared on Facebook over 1,000 times by Thursday afternoon.

"I know I'm not the only one who saw this Snapchat story," Ponder wrote. "Yet here I am, the only one saying anything about it. I am unsure as to what's worse: the static silence from my peers, or the fact that this happened in the first place."

Ponder, a 17-year-old junior at Princeton High School, did not name the students in the post, but identified them as classmates in an interview Thursday with NJ Advance Media.

"They are athletes and student leaders," Ponder said. "They're prominent individuals that everybody knows, captains of sports teams."

Hacker sent anti-Semitic fliers to Princeton U.

Ponder said she recognized the basement room the photo was taken in as one just blocks from her own Princeton house.

"This isn't surprising necessarily," Ponder said. "I"m not astounded at who's in the picture.''

Ponder said she contacted her school guidance counselor before she posted the picture on her blog, as a courtesy to the administration.

Since then, she has met with several school administrators about the photo, including the school Principal, Gary Snyder. 

Ponder said the had been some unpleasant reaction to her post at school Thursday, but most of the response was positive.

"A couple of people came up to me using profanities, but a lot of people were very kind and I'd say appreciative of what I did,'' Ponder said. "Someone needed to show what exactly is going on when no one's paying attention.''

Cochrane said the photo has the district's attention.

"As a community we all have a role in teaching our children to make good decisions, to be legally responsible, and to be respectful members of a diverse society," he said.

"An incident such as this one, forces us to take a hard look at our efforts in educating our children in the values that may be most important to their success in life. "

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LGAll65
by on Apr. 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Very inappropriate .
Ms.KitKat
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 1:01 PM

This story has been quite the "talk" locally.

There are several issues here at play.

Would you mind sharing what exactly it is you find inappropriate.



Quoting LGAll65: Very inappropriate .


VooDooB
by The Corrupter on Apr. 8, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Looks like fun.

LGAll65
by on Apr. 8, 2016 at 1:25 PM
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It just seems that such a tragic occurrence in history shouldn't be a GAME. It isn't funny, not right .

Beer Pong is usually a "fun game" for college kids or young people ,. probably not good for people to drink a lot of beer,etc. but still a fun game.

BUT THIS tragedy --Nazis rounding up Jews and killing millions of them shouldn't be FUN, a fun game.. They are making light of it, minimizing it. Do you see what I am saying?

It offends me, anyway. What do others say?

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

This story has been quite the "talk" locally.

There are several issues here at play.

Would you mind sharing what exactly it is you find inappropriate.



Quoting LGAll65: Very inappropriate .


Ms.KitKat
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 1:37 PM

I see exactly what you are saying. Thank you for explaining that.


Quoting LGAll65:

It just seems that such a tragic occurrence in history shouldn't be a GAME. It isn't funny, not right .

Beer Pong is usually a "fun game" for college kids or young people ,. probably not good for people to drink a lot of beer,etc. but still a fun game.

BUT THIS tragedy --Nazis rounding up Jews and killing millions of them shouldn't be FUN, a fun game.. They are making light of it, minimizing it. Do you see what I am saying?

It offends me, anyway. What do others say?

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

This story has been quite the "talk" locally.

There are several issues here at play.

Would you mind sharing what exactly it is you find inappropriate.



Quoting LGAll65: Very inappropriate .


Ms.KitKat
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 1:39 PM

at the very basic minimum, these students are in high school and clearly well under the legal drinking age.

so is this your inner teenager speaking?

Quoting VooDooB:

Looks like fun.


Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 2:27 PM
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Why am I not surprised that you would think this is fun?

Quoting VooDooB:

Looks like fun.

Schauseil
by Silver Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 3:36 PM
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This was my thoughts exactly. If I caught my son doing this I would be tempted to beat the living day light out of him and then remind him that whatever he is feeling is a mere fraction of what those poor people went through.

Quoting LGAll65:

It just seems that such a tragic occurrence in history shouldn't be a GAME. It isn't funny, not right .

Beer Pong is usually a "fun game" for college kids or young people ,. probably not good for people to drink a lot of beer,etc. but still a fun game.

BUT THIS tragedy --Nazis rounding up Jews and killing millions of them shouldn't be FUN, a fun game.. They are making light of it, minimizing it. Do you see what I am saying?

It offends me, anyway. What do others say?

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

This story has been quite the "talk" locally.

There are several issues here at play.

Would you mind sharing what exactly it is you find inappropriate.

Quoting LGAll65: Very inappropriate .

quickbooksworm
by Gold Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 3:45 PM
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Sounds like the little assholes need to do a nice long research paper about the Holocaust.
DisabledVet
by Silver Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 4:11 PM
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Why are parents and the school allowing it?  Why aren't the kids arrested for underage drinking? Aren't parents supervising parties anymore?

Maybe these "kids" could use a trip to the Holocaust museum or better still, maybe the parents could create a concentration camp and allow the kids playing to be the prisoners. 

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