Parents and students came to the Geneseo school board meeting Tuesday night with hopes they could get the school board to reverse the decision to end the varsity football season.

Parents and students came to the Geneseo school board meeting Tuesday night with hopes they could get the school board to reverse the decision to end the varsity football season.

School leaders made that decision after police say several student-athletes used prescription drugs before a game. Those players were suspended from the team, which meant there weren't enough players left to finish the season.

The district said it would forfeit the rest of its games.

"What we want to know is how are you going to make this right for our kids?" questioned Jennifer MacDonald, parent.

MacDonald expressed the emotions of many of the parents of the 14 Geneseo varsity football players who remain on the team.

"They’re being punished for something they were not a part of," says Kelly Harvey, parent. "You took away their passion, their spirit and their pride. We are outraged and we are bitter."

Seven players are accused of taking the powerful and highly addictive painkiller OxyContin just before the game two weeks ago.

"I’m not questioning the discipline," said R.J. Harvey, parent. "I’m questioning the decision to cancel the season. I don’t think whoever made that decision considered the consequences of the 14 boys who did right."

Parents and students say forfeiture highlights the actions of the seven who did wrong.

"What I am asking for is perhaps an apology to those of us who did the right thing," football player Russell Harvey told board members.

Some members of the community see it differently and applaud the board’s actions.

"Wouldn’t you rather have your kids alive and healthy and good examples to the community rather than say we should continue to play football and not take this seriously?" asked Jean Hennessey, Geneseo resident.

Superintendent Timothy Hayes says this has been a difficult ordeal. But, he tells us the number of players left on the team, the serious nature of what occurred and the number of team members involved all contributed to the board's decision.

"On Friday night, September 22, Mr. Salatel and I were not worrying about forfeiting football games. We never discussed it. We were worried about losing students, so we have to change the message."

The superintendent did assure parents of seniors that the district will work with them to make sure prospective colleges know which students were not involved in drug use.