Coach, six players charged in Oregon HS football team hazing

September 1, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
A coach and six players of an Oregon high school football team face charges for an alleged hazing ritual that took place during summer training camp.

Philomath High School (Oregon)
Philomath High School (Oregon)

The coach was a volunteer for the Philomath High School football team, and the entire coaching staff has been placed on paid leave, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The school cancelled the team’s first three games of the season, and the newspaper reported that it’s considering when — or even if — the season will continue.

Six players face charges related to “offensive physical contact with intimate parts,” according to the article. There are reportedly 11 victims.

From the article:

In a statement issued after the announcement, Melissa Goff, the superintendent of the Philomath School District, said the district “will take appropriate actions toward coaching staff and students where justified and continue the healing process for affected students and their families.”

“We condemn all forms of hazing, harassment, and physical, mental, or emotional abuse,” the statement said. 

“Our first priority at all times is the safety of our students,” Goff said in the statement. “We take hazing and bullying issues very seriously, and we have no tolerance whatsoever for the type of allegations raised in this investigation.”

The volunteer coach is accused of having “assumed responsibility for the supervision of the players and withholding necessary and adequate physical care for those who were targeted in his presence,” the newspaper reported.

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