An extensive sexting scandal at a Colorado high school allegedly involving multiple football players led to the team forfeiting its game on Friday.
According to a statement released on its Facebook page, Cañon City School District announced that a number of students “have engaged in behavior where they take and pass along pictures of themselves that expose private parts of their bodies or their undergarments.” It also announced that the authorities will look into what happened, namely “if any adults were involved, and to determine whether any photos were coerced.”
The school also claimed that a number of the students involved were members of the football team. For this reason, it is believed that the best course of action was to forfeit Friday’s game between Cañon City and Discovery Canyon. Here’s what the statement said about the decision:
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.
District Attorney Dan May told KOAA in Colorado that this could possibly fall under the umbrella of child pornography in the state, saying that “Whether it’s of yourself or somebody else, that is child pornography. It’s a felony under the law to have child pornography on your phone or in your possession.”