The Fall Sports Hazing Season continues with the announcement that at least seven high school football players in Oklahoma were suspended from last Friday’s homecoming game and will miss a playoff game this week because of a team initiation that involved the paddling of sophomores on the team.
Owasso football players paddled sophomores “as part of an initiation” in a “hazing incident,” according to e-mails released today by Owasso Public Schools under an open-records request. The paddling took place after practice on Sept. 15, according to an e-mail from superintendent Clark Ogilvie to school board members sent the next day.
Seven football players were suspended for last week’s homecoming game against Jenks and must also sit out Friday’s district opener against Bartlesville. They were also suspended from school for five days. After an investigation by school administrators, Ogilvie wrote on Friday that “upperclassmen football players” used a paddle “1-2 swats” on some sophomores.
“We have determined that school policies were violated although no players were ever in physical danger or coerced to do anything against their will, nor was there any excessive violence involved in any shape or fashion,” Ogilvie wrote.
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