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High school athletes’ playoff games go up in smoke

June 5, 2018

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) — Seven athletes at a Massachusetts high school have been suspended from postseason for smoking a cigar after graduation.

The Daily Item reports six members of the Saugus High School boys’ lacrosse team and one member of the baseball team were suspended from the playoffs after smoking a cigar after Friday’s graduation ceremony.

School committee woman Elizabeth Marchese confirmed the suspensions Monday, saying the events Friday and subsequent disciplinary action “are saddening for all involved.”

Lacrosse coach Rob Scuzzarella and school superintendent David DeRuosi have not responded to requests for comment.

Saugus Public Schools prohibits the use of tobacco products within school buildings or at school-sponsored events.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association also bans tobacco use. The rule applies to athletes who have graduated but are still participating in tournament games.

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Information from: The (Lynn, Mass.) Daily Item, http://itemlive.com

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