Canon City High School in Colorado was forced to forfeit a football game this week after a school-wide sexting scandal left the coaching staff unsure if it could field a competitive roster.
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 about the decision to not play the football 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.
Welsh also reiterated that not every member of the team was involved and, based on the information available so far, no adults were aware of the behavior.
"We ask the community not to paint every kid on that team for the decisions of some," he said, according to the Daily Record.
Michael Martinez of CNN reported that police have started a felony investigation into the matter and have obtained three phones, including one with "several hundred" images. Anybody found to have taken part in the scandal could be charged with a class 3 felony.
Welsh didn't have exact numbers in terms of what percentage of the football team had been involved but stated, "I think it would be harder to find a kid who wasn't aware of it than not," per the Daily Record.
How the investigation could impact the rest of the football season wasn't made immediately clear.