DOS PALOS, Calif. — Three high school football players were arrested Wednesday in a hazing investigation in California’s Central Valley, police said.
Few details were released about the actions that led to the arrests of two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old from Dos Palos High School. The names of the students were not released because of their ages.
Dos Palos police Chief Barry Mann told the Merced Sun-Star (http://bit.ly/2cWcloV ) it was a serious, emotional situation and more arrests were possible.
“When some of these details become public, I think there’s going to be a healing process needed for the whole community,” Mann said.
He also withheld details about victims and injuries except to say, “in general, any time you have a serious case of hazing, there’s going to be some type of injury.”
The students were out of school Wednesday and likely to be disciplined soon, said Bill Spalding, superintendent of schools.
“It’s a pretty serious misconduct,” Spalding told the Sun-Star. “Police and school administrators are trying to really get a scope of what occurred.”
The school has about 700 students and is the only high school in the town of about 5,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Fresno.
Its football team is one of the best in California history for its size, having won 49 league titles and 15 sectional championships.
Head Coach Rob Calvert said he was waiting for guidance from the district before commenting.
“I can say that unless things are cleared up by Friday, they won’t be on the field for the game and it doesn’t look like it will be,” Calvert said.
Information from: Merced Sun-Star, http://www.mercedsun-star.com