Clover football players accused of hazing kicked off team

Clover football players accused of hazing kicked off team

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by MICHELL BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36

WCNC.com

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 10 at 6:25 PM

CLOVER, S.C. – NewsChannel 36 has learned 10 of the 13 football players involved in a hazing incident at Clover High School last week have been kicked off the team, and all 13 of the students have received five day school suspensions.

The incident happened in the boy's locker room after school and involved three victims who are also football players.

“What we’ve heard from juniors and seniors…is that this has been going on for awhile and was not brought to our attention until this year,” Dr. Sosne said.

Those 13 students are not eligible to return to class until next Monday and could face more punishment.  After being forced into the lockerroom, one of the victims was even threatened with a broomstick, according to Dr. Sosne.

“In one of the cases the student said some of the older students pulled his pants down, slapping him,” he added.

Clover played without the 13 players on the gridiron Friday in a 55-3 loss to Gaffney.  The incident was first brought forward by a coach, who tried to get the players to fess up.

“The culture was that no one was going to talk,” Sosne said.  “When after a few days he heard more talk…he reported it to administration and they began their investigation.”

Students are angry and disappointed that fellow classmates could be involved in this kind of thing.

“That's embarrassing to be a student at Clover High School," said student Lauren Shannon in an interview last week.  "It’s not good at all," said Shannon.

So far, no criminal charges have been filed, but the York County Sheriff’s Department says that is still a possibility.

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