Investigators say a high school football player kicked off the team for wearing a razor-sharp buckle on his helmet may not have been the only player with the dangerous equipment.
Hours after St. Pius X High School junior Mike Cito was dismissed, two young men wearing shirts from the school bought 37 buckles from a sporting goods store. Investigators said Friday the students may have been trying to replace sharpened buckles on their helmets.
The buckle scandal came to light on Oct. 12 at a St. Pius game when five players from Albuquerque Academy emerged from plays with bleeding cuts, including one who had to get 12 stitches. A referee also was cut.
State police have launched a criminal probe and the New Mexico Activities Association is also investigating and could suspend the school from local competitions.
Last week the Rev. Ronald G. Schwenzer, St. Pius principal, said Cito's father, dentist Stephen Cito, had claimed responsibility for milling the buckle.