CHICAGO (CBS) — Accusations of hazing have led to suspensions at yet another high school.
After a one-day internal investigation, the entire boys’ varsity basketball team at Hoffman Estates High School was suspended Saturday for three games.
In addition, its games Friday night against Schaumburg, Saturday night at Hersey and Tuesday night against Streamwood have been forfeited.
Also, as part of the disciplinary action, the school says members of the team will receive training in hazing awareness and prevention, and the impact of hazing on others.
The accusation was made Friday afternoon, hours before the Hawks’ scheduled game with Schaumburg. District 211 School Board President Robert LeFevre said the questioning began immediately.
“They met with the players yesterday and again today,” LeFevre told Newsradio. “So players, coaches, parents, everyone who would be even remotely close to being involved.”
LeFevre said the investigation was “immediate and thorough.” Included in the investigation are the Hoffman Estates Police Dept. and the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services.
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“It’s critical that people take accusations of this type very seriously,” he said. “Anything close to this (hazing) will not be tolerated.”