South Orangetown Schools: 'Harlem Shake' Hockey Video Violated Code of Conduct

At least 11 members of the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee ice hockey team were suspended for their part in a video posted on YouTube that school officials deemed inappropriate, leading to the team's forfeit of Sunday's playoff game against Lakeland

Nyack and South Orangetown School District officials suspended at least 11 members of the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee ice hockey team from competition for violating the squad's athletic code of conduct. 

South Orangetown School District Administration released an official statement Tuesday regarding the forfeit by the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee team of a Section 1 ice hockey playoff game Sunday against Lakeland/Panas.

"We had an investigation that involved coaches, athletic directors and administrators of both the Nyack and South Orangetown School Districts," said South Orangetown Spokeswoman B.J. Greco. "It was found that several members of the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee high school ice hockey team ahd violated the team's athletic code of conduct during their school practice.

"While not all of the kids were involved, not enough were left to put a proper number on the ice, so the game had to be forfeited."

Greco said at least 11 players were involved, leaving less than the 10 required to play. 

"This is not an entitlement for the kids," Greco said. "It is a priviledge. It was a bitter pill for them to swallow."

The action stems from a video posted by the players of a version of the "Harlem Shake" that school officials deemed inappropriate. 

Nyack-Tappan Zee had a record of 11-7-1 and had been the No. 10 seed in the Section 1 Division 1 Tournament. 

Barry Silverman February 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I agree with that. I just think it was overkill for those that did participate. Some action yes but not what was decided. I think we can break out the peace pipe.
Anon February 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM
No need, the peace was never breached! Just a bit of spirited debate.
FLResident February 23, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Wait...so where was the coach who is supposed to be supervising these boys when this went on?
stephany February 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM
"And while the parents should be a part of "ANY" school related disciplinary process" what makes you think that ? and why,assuming you can justify your comment, just parents and not the taxpayers
Jay March 01, 2013 at 06:42 AM
I think this punishment is way overkill. This kind of stuff happens in high schools all over the U.S. and that's what (young boy) teenagers do these days. They are just joking around, no one got hurt, no one got raped. If this video was taken outside of the school this would be a different story. If a bunch of teens want to joke around and DANCE STUPID without hurting someone I say go for it because they could be doing worse things like drugs and alcohol or extreme hazing. If kids cant be kids, they will find worse things to do!!


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