Pennsylvania school district investigates hazing, cancels HS football season

MIDDLETOWN, Pa– A Pennsylvania school district has announced it will cancel its high school’s football season after receiving video allegedly showing bullying among team members.

The Middletown Area School District earlier this month announced an investigation into “disturbing and upsetting” cellphone video taken August 11 showing bullying. The head football coach resigned within days of the video surfacing and Lower Swatara Township Police were contacted, officials said.

Middletown Township is located near the state capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

Superintendent Chelton Hunter said in a letter to parents on Wednesday that additional video had surfaced, indicating that “this harassment was much more widespread and affected many more students” than was previously known.

“With that in mind, we made the decision to cancel the 2022 football season,” Hunter said, adding that he knew the decision would affect many students and families and “will encounter a lot of different opinions and emotions.”

Team members were in the high school’s lawn room, which was being used for heat acclimation practice sessions, when cellphone video showed “a group of students holding down two of their teammates and using a muscle therapy gun and other exercise equipment” to poke their glutes, the said Superintendent on Monday.

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