NEWTON — It’s a time-honored tradition across Massachusetts: the annual high school girls’ football game known as powderpuff.
But this week, the principal of Newton South High School canceled the popular fall event, citing a spate of injuries, concerns over sexism, and a class rivalry taken too far.
In a show of solidarity against the cancellation, many students wore the school colors Thursday, some wearing their jerseys from last year’s game.
“It’s a rite of passage for juniors and seniors,” said Lucy Holmes, a senior. She called the cancellation “very disheartening.”
Played the day before Thanksgiving, fresh off the pep rally, the girls’ flag football game typically precedes the boys’ Thanksgiving football game. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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