HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)– Hiring prostitutes on a high school football trip. That’s what five players from national powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School are accused of doing. And now, parents at the school are outraged.
Monique Griego has more on the school’s explanation and the consequences for the players.
The players were kicked off the team, but that was just the beginning of the fallout.
Friday night, the DeMatha Catholic High School football team took the field, their numbers down by five after a sex scandal allegedly involving players and prostitutes rocked the school’s program.
“Some young men made a mistake. It was a big mistake,” parent Kevin Fowler said.
According to the Washington Post, after the game last weekend in North Carolina, five players hired prostitutes from a call service to come to their hotel room and some of them allegedly engaged in sexual activity.
The accused players were removed from the team.
“I don”t want the actions of five kids to take away a reputation of such a great school,” DeMatha graduate Billy Reading said.
School leaders say 18 chaperones were on the trip with 65 players.
“The last bed checks were at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and the hallways were monitored until after 4:30 a.m.,” Dr. Daniel McMahon, the principal of DeMatha, said.
The incident allegedly happened around 30 minutes later at 5 a.m.
“They have coaches and others with them who are supposed to supervise them not only on the field but off the field,” a parent said.
When it comes to the question of supervision, parents are divided on whether the school did enough.
“I believe they did what they could do. And it was probably some kids who had this planned well before they left,” Fowler said.
Now, as the rest of team refocuses on football, the accused players facing severe disciplinary action.
“I’m not saying it’s right. But to throw them out of school, that ain’t cool,” a parent said.
School leaders declined to give any specifics on the boy’s punishments. But according to the Washington Post, two players who already left the school were facing expulsion.
DeMatha school leaders say officials with the Archdiocese of Washington, the State of Maryland and the State of North Carolina have all been notified.