Colorado high school forfeits football game amidst sexting scandal

Cañon City High School in Colorado had to forfeit their football game this week due to a sexting scandal that has rocked the entire school. According to reports, the resulting suspensions left the football team short handed and unable to properly field a team.

DC Spencer of the Daily Record reports police have become involved in the case after reports from students and anonymous tips brought the situation to light. Superintendent George Welsh released a statement commenting on the reasons for forfeiting the game.

Because a large number of our high school football players were implicated in this behavior the coaching staff and administration, after careful thought and consideration, decided that stepping on the field to play this weekend to represent the Cañon City community is just not an option. We realize this decision will unfairly penalize many of our fine, young men who clearly did not participate in these actions. However, we concluded it was impossible to safely field an entire team representative of the personal qualities and characteristics that truly represent the history of the Cañon City High School football program.

Michael Martinez of CNN reported that police have started a felony investigation into the matter, confiscating a phone with “several hundred” messages. A conviction in the case could result in a class three felony.

Superintendent Welsh stressed that not every member of the football team was involved. How the rest of the football season will be affected by the scandal remains unclear.

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