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UPDATE: Dunkerton not playing against Don Bosco

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Dunkerton superintendent Jim Stanton tells KWWL that the Dunkerton High School varsity football team will not take the field against Don Bosco Friday night.

Stanton says the high school principal came to him and said they could not take the field for the game because of "safety concerns due to low numbers."

Stanton said he did not know if the reason for the low numbers was tied to Thursday night's emergency school board meeting where football players said they would not play if their teammate was suspended for recording a fight that happened in school on Wednesday.

That suspension was upheld by the board.

Stanton says Monday's JV game will be played as scheduled and the final varsity contest of the season on October 24 is to be determined.

The move drops Dunkerton's record to two wins and six losses. Don Bosco will remain undefeated.


A school fight, suspensions, support for a teammate, and threat of a player boycott.

Sounds like a good plot for a "Made for TV" movie, but this scenario is for real, and it's happening in Dunkerton.

It surrounds a fight in a school hallway Wednesday.

Keoda Yung was not in the fight but he admits to pulling out his phone and recording it.

Afterwards, he was told to delete it and he did - but school officials say it went past a normal offense of using an electronic device and crossed into harassment and bullying.

Thursday night's special board meeting was standing room only with several dozen students and parents packed into the small meeting room.

Members of the football team say Yung's suspension is too much.

Many indicated to the coaches at practice Wednesday and Thursday they may not play in Friday night's game if Yung's suspension was upheld.

Even the student who was attacked during the altercation and would be considered one of the victims of the harassment or bullying thought the suspension was too much.

"Me and him we talked it over. It was like it turned into something so much bigger. I didn't want Keoda to get in trouble. He didn't want Keoda to get in trouble. He said, yeah, he obviously knew he was going to get in trouble. He doesn't want other people to get in trouble for it," said senior and football player Jesse Smith.

The board did uphold Yung's 3-day suspension.

The school is planning to play Friday night's game but it's still not clear how many players will dress out.

We talked with Keoda's father.

He says Keoda plans to tell his friends and teammates not to sit out Friday night but channel their energy and anger into the game against Don Bosco.

We're told Keoda's situation will be back on the school board agenda Monday which will likely go into closed session to discuss it.

His suspension ends Tuesday.

Bob Waters and Eric Page contributed to this report.

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