Sixteen members of a Massachusetts high school girls soccer team have been suspended after social media posts showed them with a bottle of vodka at the home of a local police chief.
Administrators at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury received an anonymous tip as to the social media posts. Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen says the girls have been suspended for four games for an alleged violation of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s chemical health policy.
Pentucket had just played a game Saturday – a 3-0 defeat to Newburyport in the ALS Cup – when members of the team gathered at a Groveland home for a sleepover. The home is that of Boxford Police Chief James Riter, who has two daughters on the team.
“I’ve known most of these girls since they were little,” Riter told WBZ on the phone. “My wife and I thought we were watching them pretty closely.”
Riter added that he is taking ownership of Saturday night’s team misstep, although he’s not sure what more he could have reasonably done. He told WBZ that he’s always told his daughters that “they must face the consequences of their actions — and they are now learning what that means.”
According to The Eagle-Tribune, Pentucket is 2-5-2 under first-year head coach Kayla Grover. The Sachems have enough players that the loss of 16 will not force them to forfeit any of the four upcoming matches, beginning with Wednesday’s home match against Hamilton-Wenham.