The president of Peninsula Sports, Inc. confirmed that Gilroy High School’s varsity football team had to forfeit its game against Palma High School this weekend and games will be forfeited going forward.
President Tom Emery said only nine players were left on the team after some quit in protest of recent events.
Gilroy police said four members of the varsity football team were issued juvenile citations for sexual battery.
On Thursday, police were told that members of the team were involved in an altercation that involved four students assaulting a fellow student after school.
The assigned School Resource Officer worked with the school to investigate, and as a result four students were issued juvenile citations for sexual battery.
Police said they do not believe the incident was hate motivated. The names of the students will not be released because of their ages.
Students said they are disappointed traditions like the “homecoming game” won’t happen this year. “People are upset because their friends are in trouble. I was looking forward to going to football games, but i haven’t been able to yet,” said Gilroy High Freshman, Lawrence Vivanco.
The homecoming game was scheduled for October 18th. The district has yet to announce if this will affect the homecoming dance and spirit week activities.