The final three games for a Michigan high school football team has been canceled due to safety concerns by school administrators.
Caro High School’s coach recently went to school officials with concerns after a spate of injuries thinned out his varsity squad to dangerous levels. On Wednesday, the team’s season was officially over.
“It was, for lack of a better term, painful,” Superintendent Mike Joslyn said Friday, The Associated Press reported.
Mr. Joslyn told the New York Times on Friday that the injuries put the school in the position of using younger junior varsity players against schools with much bigger senior rivals.
“It’s a difficult decision because our players were out there battling hard, but we’re an educational institution, and with our students, safety comes first,” Mr. Joslyn told the Times on Friday. “These kids have long lives ahead of them, and we need to keep the brains in their heads intact.”
The superintendent added the the feedback from the community was mixed, with half of the community’s parents supporting the school’s decision, and the other half saying “you don’t ever quit, that kids are soft these days and need to get out there and battle.”
Caro High School’s record was 1-5 for its 2014 season.
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