A Massachusetts high school football team is in the midst of a hazing controversy that cost them the rest of the season on Wednesday, and a former player has opened up about his own incident.
Haverhill High School has canceled the remainder of its season after video showed three players hazing another player, dragging them to the ground and stripping the person of their clothes while another player was seen in their underwear at riding on the boy’s face. The video made the rounds on social media. Members of the technical staff have been put on paid leave. The police are investigating.
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“Haverhill Public Schools is currently investigating misconduct involving certain members of the high school football team. The investigation is ongoing and material material was uncovered today which impacts the direction of the school. investigation and the entire school community,” Haverhill Public Schools said in a statement.
“Given the seriousness of the misconduct, the District has decided to end the current football season – canceling all future practices and canceling future games. Out of an abundance of caution, members of the coaching staff have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.”
The case has also been referred to the Haverhill Police Department for further investigation, according to Boston.com.
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“Haverhill Public Schools will not tolerate hazing, harassment or retaliation in any form. Any such misconduct will be addressed promptly and will undoubtedly have lasting repercussions for everyone involved.”
On Wednesday, another former player opened up about his own alleged hazing incident in 2014 that forced him out of the team.
“I peed my cleats. I had someone’s genitals in my face at one point. Not as bad as the incident that just happened,” the player told Boston 25 News .
The person told the station that they did not believe him and that the most recent target of the hazing incident was the only victim. The person claimed they were kicked off the team when they spoke.
“It makes me angry, but at the same time I learned from those experiences,” the person said.
Haverhill’s big game with Lowell on Thanksgiving was canceled due to the aftermath of the hazing incident.
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Haverhill Public Schools and Lowell School District did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.