Mascot gag ends season for 2 football players

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.

LNP reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/ZWhKQO ) that the Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.

Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed ''defacing school property.''

The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.

Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.

They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.

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Information from: LNP, http://lancasteronline.com

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