Five seniors from the Needham High School girls soccer team have been suspended as a result of an alleged hazing incident where younger players were blindfolded, lead around with dog leashes and then had pies thrown in their faces. Not the worst thing we’ve ever heard of in a HS hazing incident (no one shoved pine cones up anyone’s backsides) but it still violated the school’s–and the state’s–hazing policies.
Of course, the parents responded the way you would expect: they went to court to have an injunction filed against the school so the seniors could play in the state tournament. No acknowledgment of the violation of the rules, no apologies, just getting lawyered up. Fortunately, a judge didn’t see things their way, the parents lost their case and their little snowflakes got suspended and the team lost 7-1 in the tournament.
The moral to this story? If your school has a policy that says no hazing . . . THEN DON’T HAZE SOMEONE!
Five soccer players at a Needham, Mass., high school have been suspended after accusations of blindfolding younger teammates and dragging the girls along the field with dog leashes. The varsity players — four seniors and a freshman — reportedly concluded the Oct. 29 hazing incident by throwing pies in their teammates’ faces, according to local media. Their coach was put on leave for not reporting the incident immediately, the school told The Boston Globe.
On Tuesday, the suspended girls’ parents went to court seeking an injunction that would allow the girls to play in Tuesday night’s state tournament match, but a judge refused to overturn the school’s decision. Needham lost the match against Brockton High School 7-1. Documents filed Monday in Norfolk Superior Court said the allegations stemmed from “an initiation ritual of new team members” after the team advanced in the Bay State Conference, according to the Globe.
It wasn’t until a week later that players’ parents received an email from Needham High School principal Jonathan D. Pizzi, the court papers said. The email, sent last Friday, said the school was investigating “an alleged incident of serious misbehavior” and banned the team from practicing for the entire weekend.
Hazing allegations on Mass. girls’ soccer team sideline players (MSNBC)