GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP, MI - Some members of a Michigan high school lacrosse team are accused of animal cruelty and all remaining games of the season have been temporarily canceled.
Those players are facing criminal charges after they allegedly bought a guinea pig from a pet store, then chose to sacrifice the animal before a game.
According to reports, one boy drank its blood, while other Red Devils lacrosse players allegedly smeared the guinea pig's blood on their faces, according to Local 4 in Detroit
The 'Red Devils' lost the game 13 to 6.
Word quickly spread around campus and someone notified police.
The lacrosse team's former captain, Phillip Camilleri, who is now in college, tells Local 4 this is an isolated incident and in no way a ritual.
"For years we've been doing great things on and off the field and its just a shame to see 15 years of a coach that put a lot of hard work and effort into the program to have it all come tumbling down in one day." said Camilleri.
Grosse Ile high school senior, Chris DeAngelis, believes halting the team's remaining games is unfair to the rest of the team members who did not participate in the alleged sacrifice.
"It was just a select group and I feel bad for the rest of the team. They had their season canceled because of it when it wasn't their fault, it was just a small minority of the team," said DeAngelis. "It's ridiculous."
The school and police department refused interviews, but both confirmed they are each conducting their own investigations.
Grosse Ile Superintendant Joanne Lelekatch released this statement:
"On May 9, 2016, the Grosse Ile School District received information that one or more members of the District’s lacrosse team engaged in cruelty to an animal. The allegations related to the incident have resulted in the lacrosse season competitions being suspended by the District, pending the outcome of the investigations by law enforcement and the School District. At the request of law enforcement, the School District is holding its investigation in abeyance until law enforcement has completed its investigation."