Catholic students taunt Jewish players with anti-Semitic chant during basketball game

Officials at Catholic Memorial School in Massachusetts have apologized after students chanted anti-Semitic taunts during a basketball game against a school with a largely Jewish student body.

Dozens of Catholic Memorial students attending Friday’s game against Newton North High School were overheard yelling, ‘‘You killed Jesus’’ to Newton North fans.

Catholic Memorial President Peter Folan said in a statement Saturday the school will work diligently to end what he called ‘‘abhorrent behavior.’’

Folan says the Catholic Memorial students were reprimanded and had to apologize to the Newton North principal after the game.

Newton Public Schools Superintendent David Fleishman says he contacted the Anti-Defamation League and that Newton students would discuss the incident on Monday.

Catholic Memorial is an all-boys college preparatory school located in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, propelled both by liberals who oppose Israel and increasing neo-Nazi activity, particularly in Europe.