LEE COUNTY, Fla.- State officials have handed down penalties against students at Cypress Lake High School. The Florida High School Athletic Association investigation looked into Friday's controversial game. Officials stopped the game, and called it off after an argument erupted.
The penalties are for the players, and the school: 27 students were suspended, two of them are out for a year. The high school was fined nearly $4,000. Cypress Lake High School was reprimanded, and now the varsity football program is on probation. Two players were ejected for yelling at game officials and using profanity. One is accused of using racial slurs and even charging at the referee.
The report states the game was called with three minutes left in the third quarter. It also said Cypress Lake players were "...no longer participating in the contest for the sport, but rather, to injure the players of mariner high school."
Cypress Lake High School suspended 23 players for the last two games of the season. The state took it further suspending 27, two of which are for six weeks, and two of them are suspended for the year.
Cypress Lake permanently removed Coach Dale More from coaching duties this week.
The report also said Cypress Lake's coaching staff added to the chaos, but notes, "Head Coach Dale More, did everything within his power to positively influence players' and staff's behavior during the contest."
A press conference is set to start in the next few minutes with Cypress Lake High School's principal, who ultimately fired More from coaching duties. The district's athletic director is also scheduled to speak at that time.
WINK News will bring you the full report at 5:00 p.m.