SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Nearly half of a girls basketball team in Salt Lake City is facing punishment after two of the players were caught drinking. The Judge Memorial girls basketball team was in St. George for a tournament the first weekend in March, when the two girls were busted drinking in one of the hotel rooms.
Those two girls were sent home and not allowed to finish the tournament. When the rest of the team got back to Salt Lake City, school administrators decided to punish another 12 girls who knew about the alcohol but did not turn in their teammates, per the school’s code of conduct.
We were told a lot of parents were upset about the decision, but the parents we spoke with said the school is doing the right thing.
"You’ve got to at some point make a stand and I’m sure they were old enough to know the rules here," said parent jenny Maffuccio.
The 14 girls who were punished have been suspended from participating in the next 2 athletic competitions, and if any of them are caught drinking, they can be expelled from school.