Principal Decides to Forfeit Football Game After Students Failed to Keep up Grades

September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- According to administrators at Lafayette High School, 12 of the 19 member football team are under-performing academically. With a dozen football players not fitting the criteria for grades, attendance, and character, Principal Naomi Cerre made the decision to forfeit Friday's football game against Fredonia. Cerre says the decision was based on the students' academic performance from last year, and many of students chose not to attend summer school.

"I won't stand for that. It's important for the community to know that I'm not just interested in a football game, I'm interested in our community and that we put out young folk that are ready to serve the community and be contributing citizens," said Cerre.

District Parent Coordinating Council Vice President Sam Radford III, agrees that academics should come first, but doesn't believe this was the best way to handle the situation.

"Parents were not happy with that approach," said Radford. "It's drastic. It's not a parent friendly approach. It's not a student friendly approach and right now we need to building relationships between parents, administrators, and the district that benefits everybody."

Cerre says those 12 players will be monitored on a weekly basis and the school will also provide them with a support system including tutoring and after school help. Their weekly performance will decide if they can participate in future games. The next football game is scheduled for next Saturday.