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Lake Oswego principal on football game forfeit: 'Students have to have consequences'

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After several players broke a school rule, Lake Oswego High School will forfeit their upcoming varsity football game.

The Lakers were set to play the No. 2 ranked Sherwood Bowmen on Oct. 16.

“If there was another way, we would have done it. Students have to have consequences,” said Cindy Schubert, the high school principal. “We’re just sorry it affected Sherwood.”

The students were suspended from one game for violating a school rule.

The team will continue to practice and will play the next game scheduled for Oct. 23.

School officials will not say how many students were suspended, what rule they broke, when it happened or how their investigation started.

Schubert said the violation did not happen at a school function and police are not involved.

Last year, ten Lake Oswego High School football players had to sit out the first four games of the season after violating the student code of conduct at a retreat.

Coach Steve Coury said they brought in speakers to talk with players after the suspension.

He believes the message from last year’s incident got through to some players, but now realizes it did not get through to everyone.

Coury was as “disappointed as can be” when he learned the players violated a rule this year.

“You definitely look at yourself and you do an evaluation of you, are you failing, to your point [Coury gestured at a reporter] you didn’t get to them last year,” he said. “You can beat yourself up all through that process, so I went through that, too. But I still believe in what I’m doing and what we’re doing here.”

Coury and Schubert said they’re talking now about different strategies to get through to students to keep them from making similar mistakes.

“We want to improve that culture and we want to help and support kids,” Schubert said. “Because growing up today is a lot different than growing up 20, 30 years ago.”

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