Oakmont High School has suspended 12 varsity and two junior varisty football players following a player’s citation for possession of marijuana, principal Rob Hasty confirmed Thursday.
The suspensions, ranging from one game to the entire season, are for violating training rules and team policy, Hasty said.
Senior cornerback Marcus Britter, who was suspended for the season, was cited last Friday by the Roseville Police Department for possession of marijuana on the Roseville campus. Hasty said a school investigation found that other Oakmont players were involved, though no other athletes were cited by police.
Hasty said Thursday seven players have appealed their suspension.
In meeting with the teams Thursday, Hasty stressed accountability and how the teams and players could learn from the experience.
“It’s disappointing, and kids made mistakes,” Hasty said. “There’s a teachable moment here. We love and care about these kids, but they need to face these consequences and we want them back in our school system.”
Hasty said the suspended players and at least one parent of each player will be required to attend a drug-and-alcohol prevention course provided by Oakmont.
Hasty said he takes the suspensions personally and understands the high-profile nature of football on campus and in the community.
He said parents of the suspended players had mixed reactions. Some support the suspensions and others don’t agree, he said.
“People may think we go home as administrators and high-five our wives and say, ‘Ha! We suspended kids!’” Hasty said. “We do the opposite. This is hard. Each of the 1,800 kids on this campus are like my kids. We care about them. The kids who owned up to their mistake, who take responsibility, my hat’s off to them. The others? We hope they learn.”
Oakmont football coach Tim Moore, a graduate of the Roseville school, said he could not comment on the suspended players.
“The boys that I am coaching are focused and committed to each other and the program,” Moore said.
Oakmont (1-5) plays at Whitney (0-6) on Friday in a Capital Valley Conference game.