A Massachusetts school will forfeit its game Saturday following a school investigation into what the school referred to as a ritual called the “Sophomore 50,” Swampscott Public Schools said Friday afternoon.
On Monday, officials at Swampscott Public Schools canceled the varsity and freshman games this week while the investigation was ongoing. The incident happened last Friday.
According to a statement from the school superintendent, the investigation found “five team members were completely undressed and were performing a variety of exercises and athletic drills, while other teams members stood around shouting. The shouting was a variety of comments, from encouragement to obscenities.”
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The school said the sophomores are “invited” to take part in the gathering. It is called the Sophomore 50 because the players gather on the 50-yard line and said “none of the students who were interviewed reported that they felt harassed, belittled, endangered or in any way upset by the incident.”
According to the statement, the school interviewed the football captains, the five players who were the alleged “victims” and other member of the team. Note that the quotes around the word victim is how the school used it in the statement.
The school also said that two of the upperclassmen players interviewed had declined to participate in the event when they were sophomores with no repercussions.