Two Beverly High School graduates won’t be playing in their championship lacrosse game of their senior year because they smoked cigars after their graduation ceremony.
CBS Boston reports that a photo of four classmates smoking was published in the “Beverly Citizen” newspaper.
John Donovan, whose 18-year-old son Nick was one of the two players punished, told CBS that he didn’t think the punishment “fit the crime.”
"I guess somebody called the school and said, 'Hey, student athletes are having a cigar as part of a celebration,'" Donovan says.
The other teammate who was punished is defenseman Dylan Jutras, also 18.
Donovan told CBS that he and Nick, who is a midfielder, were summoned to the principal’s office Thursday and told that Nick would be sitting out for the rest of the lacrosse season as a result of breaking the school’s tobacco-use policy.
The Donovans said they are unsure of where the punishment originated, but told CBS they thought that The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association alerted the school. But WBZ reports that the organization did not suspend the players.
The MIAA , which could not be reached for comment, states the following about tobacco-use:
The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse, and under no circumstances should authorize their use.