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Warren police to seek criminal charges in De La Salle hazing scandal

Posted: 5:33 PM, Nov 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-07 23:18:56-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Warren Police Department is wrapping up its investigation into the hazing scandal at De La Salle Collegiate, and charges could be coming.

Commissioner Bill Dwyer said his investigation will be completed Friday and he will recommend charges against some members of the football team. It's unclear how many players could be charged or what those charges may be.

Just last week, the school announced it was canceling its football season and forfeiting a playoff game because of the allegations.

Police have been looking into claims that varsity football players used broom sticks in a sexual manner to haze younger players.

Dwyer would not comment on details of the investigation, only noting there was no penetration.

"It's not a culture of the school, it's not a culture of the football team," said De La Salle parent Joe Hallman. He had three boys attend the school, and currently has a sophomore on the football team.

Hallman said he's not aware of who specifically is involved in the alleged hazing, and that most parents are not either. He told Action News he believes the actions of few are affecting many.

“These are teenage kids. And I feel horrible for the victim, but there’s three kids that were involved in this and they’re the ones that should be held accountable," he told Action News.

Investigators have been interviewing several players and parents.

Dwyer said some suspended players are not cooperating, and that a dozen were stopped from talking to police by their parents.

7 Action News reached out to De La Salle for a comment; the school said it does not comment on student discipline.