PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Lake Oswego High School varsity football game scheduled to be played on Friday, October 16 has been canceled.
According to Director of Communications for the district, Nancy Duin, the decision came after an investigation by Athletic Director Brigham Barker and Assistant Principal Brian Crawford. In a statement, Duin told KOIN 6 News, the investigation revealed members of the football team were in violation of team rules, and because of the disciplinary consequences they have received, the team will have to forfeit the game.
Sources told KOIN 6 News more than a dozen students are involved.
Head coach Steve Coury wouldn’t go into detail about what happened either, only saying the kids made a bad decision.
“They are paying the price. I cried in front of the kids and told them how much I love them still but it’ll take a while to get over it,” said Coury.
The school’s principal told KOIN 6 News the incident happened off campus and police were not involved. Cindy Schubert called parents Tuesday night to let them know of the situation.
This is the second disciplinary incident for the team in as many years. Ten players were suspended for a month last season after breaking the school’s code of conduct at a senior retreat. When Schubert was asked this something like happened two years in a row, she said Lake Oswego is not unique.
“You know, I think if you look at any school across the nation, there are incident very similar happening.”
Coury said both incidents have been used as a learning experiences.
“We brought people in to talk to them about leadership and about being accountable and being able to say no. It’s a tough thing for kids to say, you know. Peer pressure.”
The Lakers were scheduled to play Sherwood Friday. The team will continue to practice and continue with its season on October 23.