Nine students at La Vernia High School, near San Antonio, have been arrested and charged with sexual assault in connection with hazing that has allegedly gone on in the school’s athletics programs for at two years, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The scandal has rocked this town of just more than 1,000 people.
“It’s a black eye for the city,” La Vernia Chief of Police Bruce Ritchey told the Express-News. “What I’m concerned with right now is providing the help and healing for those victimized… Hazing is not uncommon, but hazing to this extent is uncommon.” The alleged hazing primarily involved students in the football program, though the basketball and baseball programs were involved too. More arrests are expected.
Officials haven’t yet released any more details about the hazing, but last week a mother of a La Vernia student told FOX affiliate KABB that her son had been pinned down in the locker room while other students sexually assaulted him with Coke bottles, deodorant bottles, broom sticks, and baseball bats.