HONOLULU — Kaiser High School has decided to forfeit the remainder of its 2017 varsity and junior varsity football games.
Principal Justin Mew said the decision came after “a series of prevailing events and extreme concerns for student and staff safety,” including an incident Monday night that brought police to campus. The incident involved “unacceptable behavior,” Mew said.
As an added safety precaution, the grand opening of the school’s new athletic facilities and renovated track and field will not take place as scheduled Wednesday.
The Cougars have played only one of five games this season — a 71-0 loss to Campbell — due to low player turnout and safety concerns.
The school did try to make accommodations for a modified season to participate in the Oahu Interscholastic Association league due to its shortage of players, according to the state Department of Education.
“The well-being of our school community is a top priority and we are committed to keeping our students and staff safe,” Mew said. “We would like to thank the players for their hard work and perseverance. It is our hope that the Kaiser community will come together in a positive manner to support the school.”
Despite no football game, the school’s homecoming week festivities will continue as planned. The cancellation results in the forfeiture of scheduled JV and varsity games against Moanalua High on Friday and Waianae High on Sept. 29.