Texas high school hazing incident with hot sauce, lap dances send student to ER
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An alleged hazing incident at a Texas high school that sent a football player to the hospital with burns has resulted in the suspension of 21 students.
The Alamo Heights Police Department is investigating after 21 students were suspended from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas, following a hazing incident that sent a student to the emergency room with skin burns to the bottom of the body, KENS-TV reported this week.
Football players are said to have initiated new players into the varsity team as part of a school tradition that involved hot sauce, cookies and lap dances.
“The senior boys did an initiation, where they went to the baseball diamonds and had the younger players put cookies dipped in hot sauce between their butts,” a source told KENS-TV. « Then they had to race against each other, and if one of the cookies fell, the person had to eat it. They had them do this in an open space completely naked. »
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The source added that some players had hot sauce thrown at them and some of the freshmen were forced to strip down to their boxers and give cheerleaders dances at the party.
« Over the past week, the District has received several messages through our anonymous tip line regarding safety concerns and allegations of misconduct by certain players on the football team, » said the director of communications for Alamo Heights ISD, Julie Ann Matonis, in a statement. « The alleged incident did not take place on AHISD property or during school hours. District administrators and coaches were not aware of any allegations prior to receiving the reports. The District immediately thoroughly investigated the matter and took appropriate action. Due to student confidentiality laws, the District is prohibited from sharing any additional information. »
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Local sports radio host Mike Taylor said on Wednesday that « almost the entire » team had been disciplined for the incident, resulting in two game suspensions, internal suspensions and community service.
According to KENS-TV, some victims of the hazing incident will also be suspended.
“Nobody would ever want that to happen to their child,” Kara Van De Kieft, a parent of junior high school students in the district, told the outlet. « That’s something that concerns me as a parent of someone going to high school next year. »
The Alamo Heights Independent School District did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
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The Alamo Heights football team opened its season Friday night with a 42-39 loss to Seguin High School in San Antonio.