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Vulgar video gets students banned from team

Posted at 6:44 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 07:32:13-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A vulgar video has Lee County Students in deep trouble.

Nine basketball players from Lehigh Senior High School are off the team for the season while their coach is serving a suspension.

It all started with a cell phone video of the basketball players dancing and rapping obscenities.

A few parents with kids on the team soon found out when an administrator called saying the video would have consequences.

Those consequences went from a 2 day suspension to 5 days and included being removed from the team and banned from any basketball related events, which parents are calling excessive.

The NAACP says school officials have put the student's careers in jeopardy because some of these players are good enough to get attention from college programs.

When it comes to the suspension, Lee County School Officials tell Four in Your Corner, in part: "We are unable to discuss or share details about student discipline in any capacity. The coach is temporarily suspended from coaching duties pending an inquiry into supervision practices."

After our story aired, Fox 4 received the following statement from a Lee County School District official:

"For infractions that rise to the level of suspension in the student code of conduct,  administrators initially suspend a student pending a full investigation.  Once the investigation is completed, a school principal then delivers a final decision. This decision often includes a more thorough disciplinary decision that can include additional days suspension or other sanctions .

While there is a procedural error in an assistant Principal stating the suspension is "two" days , he did indicate there would be a meeting on Monday. This meeting refers to the student hearing in which the principal delivers a final decision as a result of a concluded investigation. In this case, as the parents already  indicated to you, the principal chose to make the overall suspension five days.

The athletes remain ineligible for the rest of the season."