Ten Pennsylvania high school students have been charged with sexual harassment following a hazing incident involving the school’s football team.
Middletown Area High School’s football season was canceled in August after a cellphone video went viral showing serious incidents of hazing at the school, according to the Philadelphia plaintiff.
Superintendent Chelton Hunter told parents that a school survey found hazing was “much more prevalent and involving many more students” than previously known, the newspaper noted.
Administrators then canceled the school’s football season.
Now the police are adding to the problem.
Lower Swatara Township Police and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigations Division have launched an investigation into the hazing videos. On Wednesday, Dauphin County District Attorney Francis T. Chardo announced that ten students had been charged.
“Two students, both seventeen years old, have been charged with multiple counts of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviant sex, indecent assault, unlawful restraint, common assault and hazing,” Chardo said in a statement, according to TMZ Sports.
Investigators added that six students, aged 14 to 17, were victims of the hazing. But up to six other people may also have been victims but are reluctant to join the case.
Police are urging anyone with information about hazing in schools to call Dauphin County Detectives at 717-780-6200.
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