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Utah coach suspends 50 players for bullying
(KUTV) Fifty football players on a Roosevelt high school team are trying to earn back their jerseys after their coaches suspended them for misbehaving and getting bad grades.
Head coach Matt Labrum, along with other staff and administrators, asked all upperclassmen on the team to hand over their uniforms after losing a game on Friday so that they could focus on "building character," just a week before an important homecoming game.
"We hate to lose," Labrum said, "but we all felt that the biggest lessons that we learned through football were about how to be good men."
Instead of practice, Labrum had the boys do community service, cleaning up the grounds of the junior high school and volunteering their time at local senior centers. They also have to spend study periods actually studying.
"Being pulled off the team was a horrible feeling for all of us," said team co-captain Jordan Gurr, who was upset at first, but now fully supports the coach's' call. "Absolutely one of the best decisions that could've been made."
A guidance counselor informed the athletic department that football players were believed to be cyber bullying another student. Jordan's co-captain, Gavin Nielsen, a running back on the team, said he heard that the kids used an anonymous user name online to tell another boy to kill himself. Nielsen, the school principal's son, agreed with Coach Labrum's call.