Hours after five students withdrew from DeMatha Catholic after soliciting prostitutes on a road trip, the Stags were back on the field against Baltimore's Calvert Hall. Erika Gonzalez reports
Five DeMatha High School football players have withdrawn from school after news broke that they apparently hired three prostitutes last weekend.
The scandal unfolded after a parent told the Washington Post that some of the boys had sexual intercourse with the prostitutes after hiring them online.
In a statement earlier on Friday, Principal Dan McMahon said the incident occurred after 5 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, while the team was staying at a hotel in North Carolina. Chaperones performed a 1:30 a.m. bedcheck and conducted hallway monitoring until 4:30 a.m.
McMahon said that as soon as the school learned about the incident on Tuesday, "All proper authorities in the Archdiocese of Washington, the state of Maryland and the state of North Carolina were notified."
On Friday evening, a DeMatha school spokesperson told NBC4's Erika Gonzalez that all five players in question withdrew from the school. While none were expelled, the spokesperson compared the situation to someone knowing he's going to get fired and quitting beforehand.
The school had been largely quiet on the case until Friday morning.
At that point, the news was that two of the students had withdrawn from the school, and two more were facing expulsion. The fifth was facing a disciplinary hearing.
DeMatha, which is in Hyattsville, is a Catholic school for boys. It has a nationally known football program that has produced many NFL players, including Byron Westbrook and Josh Wilson of the Washington Redskins.
"The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community," McMahon said.
See the original report at the Washington Post.