Rocky Hill High School

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ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) – A Rocky Hill High School football game set for Friday night was canceled after a report of alleged inappropriate conduct. 

Rocky Hill was supposed to take on Plainville High School at home starting at 7 p.m.

The game was canceled after the Rocky Hill school administration received a report of inappropriate conduct, alleged to have occurred after Thursday's football practice.

According to Rocky Hill High School Principal Mario Almeida, the incident involved a number of student-athletes from the football team. 

The Rocky Hill Police Department is now investigating the incident, calling it "potentially criminal in nature."

"Its's really disappointing, especially all the players that were not involved because we don't do anything because our much anticipated game against our old head coach is now canceled," said Christopher Cruz, a football player. 

Cruz said something happened in the locker room on Thursday after practice and before the team dinner. 

Friday night's game will not be rescheduled, officials said.

Saturday's junior varsity game was also canceled. 

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference runs various athletic state tournaments. Regarding Rocky Hill, the executive director says, "It's a school matter and the school is doing its diligence. We stand by them." 

"My personal opinion is they should only penalize the people involved in the incident, not every single player. Granted it's a team, but I don't think it's fair to the families who have watched their kids play sports to end on that note," said Jody Lukens, a Rocky Hill parent. 

The concern is some senior players may be eligible for scholarships, and now the season could be over for those players. 

Other schools have taken similar action after inappropriate conduct. Post University canceled a sprint football game on Saturday as a result of bad behavior. A spokesperson said their codes are grounded in safety and integrity, and "we have student athletes who have exhibited ongoing behavior that is not in line with these expectations." 

Last year, an entire lacrosse team was suspended at Quinnipiac University for violate the student code of conduct. Students told Channel 3 there were hazing incidents among the players. 

Calls to the school superintendent and the athletic director have not been answered. 

It's not clear if there will be any more games this season. 

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