A lawsuit filed this week claims soccer coaches at a high school in Illinois allegedly ordered a group sodomy hazing ritual against new players, then “stood idly by” as the rape took place, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
“The suit alleges that coaches ordered a “campus run,” a term which was a code indicating the hazing should commence.
At that signal, older team members grabbed (the 14-year-old soccer player), tore off his pants and underwear, held him down on the school’s soccer field and sodomized him with their fingers and other foreign objects, the suit alleges.
While this went on, the coaches “stood idly by” according to the complaint.
… (The family’s attorney) said the school has interviewed over 100 people in its investigation and that the number of victims could grow. “I do have information that at least takes this back another three to four years,” he said. “This is a lot deeper than we probably know about right now.”
Meanwhile, school officials claim they took things seriously as soon as accusations emerged.
“Since the Sept. 27 incident, police have charged six students as juveniles while a total of ten students have been disciplined, according to the district. Some of the ten students were barred from playing on the soccer team and one student told ABC News he was suspended.
During the investigation, two soccer coaches have been reassigned with pay, and three other coaches who are not teachers were removed from their coaching responsibilities, according to the district.
“Inappropriate behavior” was the only official reason cited so far for the actions.”
“Coaches … reassigned with pay.” Lovely. Sounds like a fitting punishment.