New Rochelle students support Ray Rice after removal of memorabilia from alma mater

The decision by the New Rochelle school district to remove Ray Rice memorabilia from the walls of two schools evidently hasn't sat well with some students. The district removed Rice's Baltimore Ravens

News 12 Staff

Sep 13, 2014, 6:32 AM

Updated 3,599 days ago

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The decision by the New Rochelle school district to remove Ray Rice memorabilia from the walls of two schools evidently hasn't sat well with some students.
The district removed Rice's Baltimore Ravens jersey at the Isaac Young Middle School. New Rochelle High School also removed Rice's jersey, as well as his photograph from the Wall of Fame.
High school officials sent two letters home with students about the decision to remove the memorabilia from the hallways of his alma mater. According to the letters, the school is working on educating students on domestic violence and women's issues and wishing healing and growth to Ray Rice and his family.
Today, someone posted a photo of Rice on the high school wall in an apparent protest. The photo was taken down by administrators.
Many students say that Rice is still a role model and inspires students. Senior Michael Reyes says that Rice helped bring the state championship to the school and donated a lot of money. 
Several New Rochelle football players told News 12 that they still admire the Ravens running back and appreciate the jerseys that were purchased for them by their hometown hero. 
School leaders say the number 5 that Rice donned in high school will remain retired and on display, but students say it is not enough. Senior Spencer Pressley says, "I don't think it's right... We should award him for everything he has done."
The New Rochelle Hugenots, the same team Rice played on for four years, is expected to take the field against Ramapo Saturday. There were rumors the players may boycott the game in support of Rice, but the head coach would not confirm.


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