An Illinois teen, after making his high school’s varsity soccer team, said he was sodomized by his teammates as a hazing ritual. The victim, 14, says he and two other players were victims of the 4-year-old ritual, according to the Daily Mail.
The boy’s mother is suing Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, alleging that the coaches not only knew about the sexual assault, but sanctioned it.
The assault occurred in September, but the mother appeared in a press conference Monday wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect her and her son’s identity.
“I thought my son would be safe at school,” she said during the press conference. “You thing when you drop off your son, it’s a safe place to be. But I feel like the coaches should have kept him safe of the soccer field, and they didn’t do that.”
Antonio Romanucci, the mother’s lawyer, claims that the three teens were shoved to the ground and beaten by the other varsity players, then were held down, had their pants torn off and sodomized. The coaches supported the ritual, according to Romanucci, by instructing the team to go on a “campus run” after the freshmen made the team, according to the Daily Herald.
Six students were sent to juvenile court to face hazing charges, which is a class A, or the most serious, misdemeanor, according to Illinois law. Ten students total, according to the school district, have been disciplined.
Of the five coaches, three have been fired. The other two, head coach Mike Divincenzo and varsity coach Emilio Rodriguez, are also teachers at the school and have been transferred with pay, at least until the school district investigation is completed.
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