Three football players at a Pennsylvania high school have admitted to and will stand trail for hazing another player in the locker room.
The unsettling incident happened at Conestoga High School in Berwyn back in October 2015. The three players, who were all 17 years old at the time, sodomized a younger teammate, who has been described as an “outcast,” with a broomstick.
According to reports, the teenagers demanded that the younger player clean the locker room in his underwear as part of a hazing ritual. When he refused and tried to leave, one of the older players told his two friends to “stick a broom up his ass.”
Two of the players held the younger player down as the third began poking him between the legs. They were also accused of putting their genitals on the victim’s head.
The incident occurred on what is known among students as “No Gay Thursday,” when older players allegedly do “gay” things to younger players as a form of team initiation.
“This is a simple case about ignorance, violence and a shocking lack of supervision,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says. “All this happened under the noses of the coaches because they were not there to supervise these students and let this happen by not paying attention.”
The Chester County District Attorney’s office and defense attorneys for the three football players released a joint statement this week saying the youths “have accepted responsibility for their conduct. They have made an admission to the criminal summary offense of harassment.”
A trial has been scheduled to begin next Tuesday, although parties said, “all the records are sealed and the parties will not be making any further public comment.”
h/t: NBC Philadelphia