AVON, Ohio -- Avon High School is an emerging powerhouse in football, but this year’s Eagle team will start the season short-handed, following the suspension of 10 players.
The trouble for the student-athletes began on August 11th when Avon police officers, who were investigating a report of vandalism, stumbled upon a party where they found underage students drinking alcohol. The superintendent of the Avon school district says the players at the party have been suspended for the first two games of the season.
"Our athletic or other co-curricular activities, they're extensions of the classroom and every experience for our students are learning experiences”, said Superintendent Mike Laub. “And we need to stay true to what we've said is important and we're going to do that."
The suspended players will miss the season opener at arch rival Avon Lake, and the home opener against Wellington at Avon Stadium. Administrators hope the pain and embarrassment of being sidelined by off-field behavior will serve as a teaching moment for the student-athletes and their classmates.
"As difficult as it is, we want them to feel, coming out the other side, that they've learned a lesson, that they're better off because of what took place, even though it hurt”, said Laub, “and hopefully that's what will take place."