Antioch High cancels JV game in response to players sexually harassing female students

- The football field at Antioch High School sat empty Thursday afternoon.

So did the bleachers.

The Junior Varsity rivalry football game against Deer Valley High was cancelled because the school principal says a group of players sexually harassed female students.
    
"Some of the vulgar statements and comments that were made to the female students were so rude, disgusting and profane, I was appalled by their behavior," said Antioch High School principal Louie Rocha 
    
That is why Rocha says he suspended six junior varsity football players for a week.
    
He also decided, along with the coaches to cancel the game. Six other players were also involved but not suspended.
    
The trouble happened Monday afternoon. 
           
KTVU spoke with one of the female students who says it all began when one of her friends broke up with one of the JV football players. Then a group of players began shouting at the girl and her friends.
     
"The JV players started yelling rude stuff at us and calling my friend names that shouldn't have been said. My friend asked what's the problem They didn't say anything then they said if she walked over there she was going to get hit," said the student, who is a junior. 
    
The school decided to cancel the game to send a message and because, with so many players suspended, it would be hard to field a full team. 
    
The incident happened just days after the school held an assembly about sexual harassment, and finding positive ways to treat each other.
  
"To me that was very disappointing that we provided an opportunity for people to learn and discuss some of these really important issues. And then to see that behavior was very disappointing," said Rocha.
 
"Things shouldn't be ok with demeaning someone and calling someone horrendous names and threatening to beat somebody because they got broken up with," said the female student.
    
Football is popular at Antioch High. But the administration says some things are just more important.
    
"It's unfortunate to have a situation like this that brings attention to our school in a negative way. But hopefully what comes out of this is we are a school that values all members of our community. We're not going to stand for that kind of thing," said Rocha.
      
The cancellation applies only to the junior varsity game. The varsity football game against Deer Valley will go on as scheduled.
     
As of now, next week's JV game is still on.
 

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