Student Well-Being

Pa. District Cancels Remainder of Football Season Due to Alleged Hazing

By Bryan Toporek — October 24, 2014 1 min read

It appears as though the folks of Sayreville, N.J., aren’t the only ones confronting an alleged hazing scandal involving a local high school football team.

On Thursday, Central Bucks (Pa.) school district Superintendent David Weitzel sent a letter to parents and staff announcing the cancellation of the high school varsity and junior varsity football seasons due to “allegations of improper conduct.” The superintendent first learned of the allegations on Oct. 14, and following an ongoing internal investigation, he decided to act swiftly and forcefully.

“Our inquiry determined that students new to the team were expected to participate in several initiations that were both humiliating and inappropriate,” Weitzel wrote. “The most personally invasive activity required a rookie to grab another player’s private parts while fully clothed. These initiations took place in front of most team members.”

Beyond cancelling the rest of the football season, Weitzel suspended all members of the varsity and junior varsity coaching staff “pending further investigation.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.