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OxyContin use leads high school team to forfeit entire season

Posted September 26

— Geneseo High has forfeited the remainder of its varsity football season.

A number of student players have been dismissed from the team after allegedly using OxyContin before a game.

According to the Daily News Online, "Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian confirmed his department was investigating allegations that a Geneseo student and member of the district's football team took OxyContin pills from a parent without their knowledge and gave them to fellow team members before Friday night's game against Bolivar-Richburg."

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Superintendent Tim Hayes wrote, "These dismissals stem from serious violations of the district's Code of Conduct and Athletic Eligibility Standards."

"Due to the sheer number of student-athletes involved and the serious nature of this incident..., the remainder of the varsity football season will be forfeited," wrote Hayes.

The district has also forfeited the game against Bolivar-Richburg.

The Junior Varsity and Modified Football teams will continue their seasons.

The case is still under investigation.

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