DeMatha principal releases statement regarding football team incident

September 7, 2012

DeMatha Catholic High School Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon released a statement on the school’s Web site Friday morning in response to a Washington Post story regarding the dismissal of five football players following an incident involving prostitutes on a team trip to North Carolina.

“The school stands behind our coach, Elijah Brooks, his staff, the school staff who monitored the trip, and our students,” the statement read in part. “The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community.”

The incident, in which players sneaked three prostitutes into the team hotel at 5 a.m. following an Aug. 31 game at Hillside (N.C.), is currently under investigation by the Morrisville (N.C.) Police Department, according Stephanie Smith, a spokeswoman for the Town of Morrisville.

“I can say that there is an open investigation, but our department does not have any additional information at this time,” Smith said.

Dr. McMahon’s statement is re-published in full below:

“Good morning. My name is Dr. Daniel McMahon, I’m a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, I’ve been the principal for the past 13 years and I’ve been a faculty member for 29 years.

“The past weekend the school’s football team traveled to North Carolina for a game. We sent 18 chaperones and 65 players. Prior to the trip a meeting was held with all parents and students to outline procedures and expectations. Expectations for behavior were reinforced throughout the trip. As on all field trips, we conducted room checks and monitored hallways. The last bed checks were at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and the hallways were monitored until after 4:30 a.m.

“The incident referred to in the newspaper occurred after 5 a.m. on Saturday morning. The school first learned of it on Tuesday afternoon and began an investigation. 5 students and their families were notified that they would face disciplinary procedures. All proper authorities in the Archdiocese of Washington, the state of Maryland and the state of North Carolina were notified.

“The school stands behind our coach, Elijah Brooks, his staff, the school staff who monitored the trip, and our students. The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community.

“We come from a faith tradition that emphasizes that we tell the truth and support one another. I cannot, either legally or morally, speak to any disciplinary matters.

“Thank you.”

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