University Athletes Suspended Over Internet Video

SELINSGROVE — Some students at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove are speaking out against the school’s decision to remove 11 players from the school’s football and track and field teams.

The players made a YouTube video spoofing the “Harlem Shake,” an internet fad where people dance to a hip hop song and post the video online.

In their video, the student-athletes made simulated sex acts and students at Susquehanna University say it is the talk around campus.

The video made by members of the school’s football and track and field teams shows 11 student athletes simulating sex acts inside a weight room.  Newswatch 16 is choosing not to show the video.

“The first time I saw it I thought it was hysterical, but I guess some people didn’t think it was.  It’s become a huge thing around here,” said sophomore Andrew Jochem.

Officials at Susquehanna University confirm 11 students were suspended from the football and track and field teams last week after the video was posted on YouTube.

Some students disagree with the school’s decision.

“I think it was a little bit harsh.  I think probation would have been more appropriate,” said junior Jared Smith.

“I think the administration really just took it too far,” added Jochem. ” To kick these guys off the football team and their sports teams is just insane.”

Newswatch 16 showed the video to Don Hayes of Winfield.

“I’ve seen worse on TV.  There’s nothing wrong with this video,” said Hayes. “I think it’s just a bunch of college kids being college kids.”

Even though the students were released from the football team, Susquehanna University put out a statement to the media saying the students were given a plan of action so they could possibly be reinstated to the team.

University officials called the athlete’s behavior “disappointing”.

Sophomore Andrew Ramos sees both sides.

“Some of the actions that were in the video were kind of inappropriate, so I see both sides, and I see where the school had to take action, but also the students should be able to have fun and be themselves.”

Officials at Susquehanna University would not comment on the plan of action these student-athletes must take to lift their suspensions.

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