Teen apologizes for racist comments after Bruins loss
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- A teenager behind one of the offensive comments on Twitter after the Bruins' loss to the Capitals Wednesday night has apologized.
The teenager was one of a number of fans who posted racist comments on the social media site, targeting the capitals' Joel Ward, who scored the winning goal.
A high school athlete from Attleboro tweeted immediately after Washington’s Joel Ward scored the winning goal using a racial slur and saying Ward "deserves to hang.”
Thanks to the 15-year old's mother, that teen has apologized. He sent letters to his classmates, his community and both the Bruins and the Caps.
He wrote, in part: "I have let down my family, my team and my community. I have truly learned that what you post on the Internet can be shown across the world and never be taken back. I would like to turn this situation around and show people that writing things like this can have massive effects not only on their lives, but to the lives of others around them."
Other parents in Attleboro think the mother making him apologize is the right thing to do.
“If she doesn’t do it now, who knows what might happen down the road,” one man said.
The Attleboro teen wasn't the only person so tweet racist remarks, and the bruins are appalled.
“For something like that to come out is disappointing to say the least,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said.
Ward himself is trying to move on from the incident.
“I don't let it bother me at all, it's a few people that made a couple of terrible comments, but what can you do,” Ward said.
As for the teen, his mother is hoping now that his racist comments were read around the world, he'll learn an important lesson and soon he'll also be able to move on.
The teen’s mother has revoked his Twitter privileges.