Charges dropped against 7 Warren De La Salle players in hazing investigation

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 17:56:49-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Charges have been dropped against seven Warren De La Salle football players who were charged in a hazing incident last year.

According to St. Clair County Prosecutor Michael Wendling, who was prosecuting the case, the people who were charged went through an anti-bullying program and also apologized to the victims.

Last year, Warren De La Salle announced it was forfeiting its playoff game and canceling the season after allegations of hazing came forward. In January, another alleged victim came forward, one day after the prosecutor had originally declined to press charges.

The school abruptly canceled their football season in November after claims varsity players used broomsticks in a sexual manner to haze younger players in the locker room ritual.

Police say there was no penetration. Out of 87 players, police say 18 have refused to talk.

The Warren Police Department asked the Macomb County prosecutor to file assault charges against three teens connected to the hazing incident.

The students involved in the investigation filed a lawsuit, claiming they are being discriminated against due to their race. They note that of the 13 students initially implicated, the only students who were suspended are minorities, while the remaining ten students have faced "no discipline whatsoever" and are Caucasian.