School Climate & Safety

Pa. Football Coach Dismissed Due to Players’ Alleged Hazing

By Bryan Toporek — November 28, 2014 1 min read
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Last month, the Central Bucks (Pa.) school district cancelled the remainder of its high school varsity and junior varsity seasons due to “allegations of improper conduct.” According to a letter Superintendent David Weitzel sent to parents and staff, new members of the team were required “to grab another player’s private parts while fully clothed” in front of most of the team as part of an alleged hazing ritual.

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

Last Tuesday, the district came to a decision following its internal investigation: Head football coach Brian Hensel would not return to his coaching duties next year. In a letter to the community, Weitzel cited “a lack of guidance and adequate supervision of the team over the course of the whole season” as the reason to remove Hensel from his job as head coach, noting that Hensel and his fellow coaches were the school’s only sports coaches who did not sign the required Coaches Code of Conduct.

Hensel will, however, retain his job as a chemistry teacher at Central Bucks High School West. He had been the school’s head football coach for the past six years,

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