The Scotia-Glenville boys’ lacrosse program has been suspended for four games after some team members caused about $400 worth of damage to a New Jersey hotel room where they were staying.
The varsity team, which lost 7-2 to South Brunswick High School on March 31, spent the night at The Hotel Vincenza in Monmouth Junction, N.J. Hotel manager Pravin Wankawala said players were horseplaying and broke a window on the back side of the room and caused holes in the walls in a room and near a staircase and outside wall.
“I think it’s about $350 to $400 to fix the damage,” he said.
The students were apparently playing with a small ball inside the hotel, according to Wankawala. He did not consider the damage to be major.
Wankawala said the team, which occupied 10 to 12 rooms, did not cause any other problems. He was not aware of any alcohol or drug issues.
District spokesman Robert Hanlon said 47 players went on the trip with four adult chaperones. The four-game suspension of both the varsity and junior varsity teams is what is called for in the Athletic Code of Conduct that athletes sign before joining a team.
The teams will forfeit their scheduled games. The length of the suspension is based on a team’s number of scheduled games and whether there have been any other infractions. This was the team’s first offense, Hanlon said.
Seven students will be coming in for superintendent’s hearings to determine individual discipline, according to Hanlon.
“We wouldn’t be able to discuss any other issues on the trip or specific discipline, by the way, since that would involve student privacy. Part of their discipline, for example, could be restitution,” he said in an email.
Damage caused on Board of Education-approved trips are covered by an insurance policy, according to Hanlon.
He said there have been other issues on school-sponsored trips in the past several years.
“I don’t think it is a usual occurrence, but these things do happen. Hundreds of kids go on trips every year without any incident,” he said.