The football team at Berlin High School is being investigated for shipping players across town lines to New Britain.
Some are alleging that students from New Britain are playing for the Redcoats and right now, the state is vetting each member on the team, making sure they actually live within the town limits.
Sporting a 6-1 record, it's been a great year for the Berlin High School football team. But the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which is also known as CIAC, is looking into allegations that players who didn't live in Berlin helped them get there.
“It's been very hush, hush. The kids are speculating on what's going on,” Berlin High parent Chris Puzio said.
CIAC rules show players can't suit up for a team, if they don't live in that municipality. Berlin Superintendent David Erwin said this started when a neighboring district complained.
“We're cooperating with the investigation,” Erwin said.
“I don't think it’s right,” Puzio said. “But unfortunately, I think it goes on at a lot of the schools.
Parents told Eyewitness News they are disappointed because they say if the allegations are true, bonafide Berlin students and taxpayers are getting a raw deal.
“You would hope that the kids within the programs would be getting more of the opportunities, but it just doesn't happen,” Puzio said.
But other parents told Eyewitness News they don't seem to mind and said after all, it's just a game.
“To me, I don't care,” Berlin High parent Crystal Telke said. “I'm a Christian and I believe everyone has the right to the same opportunity.”
For the time being, Berlin continues with its season and all this off the field drama could just add more fuel to the fire for the already intense rivalry with New Britain for the final game of the season.
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