LOWELL -- Less than a week after 13 Lowell High School senior girls were suspended for "pranks" against underclassmen girls in advance of a scheduled powder-puff football game, Headmaster Brian Martin said Monday that Wednesday's game is canceled.
"I've met with the administrative staff, and we engaged in reviewing the incident. We ultimately thought it was in the best interest of school to cancel the game," Martin said Monday afternoon. "The superintendent agrees, and we can now move on and go from there."
Powder-puff games, usually played on the day before Thanksgiving, typically pit senior girls against junior girls. In previous years, students in Lowell would put toilet paper on the cars of other students participating in the game and participate in other pre-game hijinks.
But one student told The Sun that students are calling the recent events at Lowell High School surrounding the game "the powder-puff War of the Century."
In an email to The Sun, Martin said that several Lowell High School seniors were involved in an incident "related to the traditional pre-Thanksgiving powder-puff football game."
Martin said an underclassman was victimized by the "prank."
But according to several students and other sources, the seniors allegedly painted vulgar words on the cars of underclassmen, including derogatory terms about women; at least one car was allegedly "keyed." Some students and sources also said they were told at least one car had what they considered a racist comment written on it.
Martin said he was not aware of vandalism or anything racial in nature.
The powder-puff game was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday on school grounds at Cawley Stadium.
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