Hanover school cancels homecoming game, cites football players’ behavior
A Hanover high school has forfeited its homecoming football game after a majority of the team’s players were suspended for their behavior during a preseason party.
In a letter to parents, Hanover High School officials said team members met at a player’s house Aug. 24 after practice. Freshman players were asked to perform skits meant to roast senior players.
The Valley News reported that 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 today’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.
The Associated Press