September 19, 2013

N.H. school cancels homecoming game, cites bad behavior

Hanover High School's principal said members of the football team 'made some bad choices.'

The Associated Press

HANOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire high school has forfeited its homecoming football game after a majority of the team's players were suspended for their behavior during a pre-season party.

In a letter to parents, Hanover High School officials said team members met at a player's house on Aug. 24 after practice. Freshman players were asked to perform skits meant to roast senior players.

The Valley News reports the school said the themes were of a sexual nature that objectified women.

Principal Justin Campbell said the gathering was not coach-sanctioned. Campbell and other school officials met and decided to forfeit this Friday's game against Kearsarge Regional High School.

Campbell said the students violated sections of the school conduct code that prohibit "actions that humiliate, degrade or physically harm others" and "uncivil behavior directed toward self and/or others."

He said there was no violence, injuries, drugs, or alcohol, and that no laws were broken.

School officials said they are considering additional punishments; none of the students involved were suspended and the team is practicing as normal.

"I hope that we don't vilify any individual or any group of individuals," Campbell said. "Sometimes people make mistakes. I have and I will continue to make mistakes in my life. Our players, our team made some bad choices."

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