Three paramedic trainees (identified as Timothy Prahm, Henry Solares and Thomas Hart), who were training at Newark’s University Hospital in New Jersey, were fired by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, after cell phone images of two of them dressed in white robes holding a large wooden cross surfaced.

The university’s president, William F. Owen Jr., said in a written statement, “[The university] has never and will never tolerate attitudes and behaviors that discriminate against any individual or group.”

He also added that the incident appeared to be a hazing by EMS: “You can’t make this stuff up. It’s like being in Tennessee in the 1950s.”

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