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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

Legacy Comments1

This is absolutely ridiculous, teams are now forfeiting games because the 14-19 years old kids on the team are acting like kids. No drugs or alcohol were involved, none of the team members were hazed, and no laws were broken. Leave it to Hanover to set standards way to high for their students. I don't agree with this decision at all, and I'm saddened by the direction that our oversensitive country is heading in. Like it or not teams bonds are strengthened by these shenanigans. Bear Bryant is rolling in his grave over this, I hope the Hanover community creates a huge stink over this forfeit, I know I would.

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