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7 On Your Side: Ballou High School football players under investigation

Ballou High School (Photo: D.C. Public Schools)

Records obtained by ABC7 News show 10 Ballou High School Football players allegedly played football on days they had unexcused absences from class, in violation of district rules.

“The DCPS investigation of Ballou students is around the general DCPS attendance policy for participating in athletics,” said DCPS spokesperson Janae Hinson.

7 On Your Side has obtained attendance records appearing to confirm those unexcused absences. They show a varying number of players absent on the same day while playing against McKinley Tech, Eastern, Dunbar and Cardoza. The investigation came after ABC7 News alerted DCPS of its findings.

The DCIAA Athletics handbook section 17.4.2 says students must attend all classes to practice or play football that same day.

The players under investigation are some of the offensive and defensive leaders of the Ballou Knights football team. ABC7 News is not naming those 10 students.

Ballou High School’s next scheduled game is the “Turkey Bowl” city championship game against Woodson High School Thanksgiving Day. Woodson High is playing with 18 players suspended after a recent fight.

Stay with ABC7 for developments as DC public schools continue their investigation into Ballou High School football.

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