D211 Investigation of Hazing Results in Disciplinary Action
The Hoffman Estates varsity boys basketball team received a three game suspension and required training in hazing awareness and prevention.
After the initial investigation by District 211 into alleged hazing activities of the Hoffman Estates boys varsity basketball team, disciplinary action has been taken.
A three game suspension was imposed on the team, based on the township high school district athletic policy, according to Tom Petersen, director of community relations for District 211.
In regards to what type of hazing behavior was exhibited and/or experienced by potential victims, Peterson said, "At this point, no additional information is expected to be released, due to student privacy concerns."
"As part of the disciplinary action, the team also will receive further training in hazing awareness and prevention and its impact on others," according to a D211 release.
The three game suspension included the cancellation of the Friday, November 30 game against Schaumburg High School, the Saturday, December 1 game against Hersey High School and the match with Streamwood High School previously scheduled for Tuesday, December 4.
The investigation into hazing by the varsity basketball team began late last week.
According to the D211 release, a team of nine people conducted interviews while six other school personnel supported the investigation.
"We take any type of this report extremely seriously and we conducted an immediate and thorough investigation involving all team members and the coach," the release stated.
As soon as the investigation was complete, Superintendent Nancy Robb and Hoffman Estates High School Principal Jim Britton met with the players and their parents to inform them of their findings.
The District 211 investigation comes less than a week after reports of hazing incidents at Maine West High School, where a number of accusers have come forward.
A mother of one of the most recent accusers publicly discussed the effect of the abuse she says occurred to her child.