SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Two Swampscott High School hockey players will not be eligible to play in Sunday's Division III state championship game at the TD Garden in Boston because they reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol either before or during a school dance.
According to Superintendent Lynne Celli, the students' parents were called to the school Friday night to pick up their children from the dance. The athletic director was also called to the school because the incident involved student-athletes.
Consuming alcohol is a direct violation of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules.
For first time offenders, students who are caught drinking or admit to drinking shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests (regular season and tournament) totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.
High school handbook rules also come into play and call for an up to 10 days suspension; however, suspension dates for these students have not been determined.
The students will also be required to participate in an education component, including required talks with counselors.
The Swampscott High School boys' varsity hockey team is scheduled to face off against Westfield High School at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday.