I-Team: Berea City Schools, police investigating alleged hazing at high school football camp

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CLEVELAND-The FOX 8 I-Team has learned of an investigation into suspected hazing within the Berea-Midpark High School football team.

The I-Team broke the news Thursday afternoon with the Berea City School District and Cleveland police both investigating.

The district issued a statement saying, in part, “Due to the report of the alleged hazing incident at the football camp on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, we have temporarily postponed summer training to allow us time to investigate the matter.”

Cleveland police have the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit looking into possible crimes.

The district statement added,” Our preliminary findings indicate a number of students that were involved to varying degrees, as either participants and/or witnesses. These involved students will be withheld from participating in summer training activities, organized by Berea-Midpark High School staff, until the investigation is complete.”

We met the district personnel director, and when we asked if anyone had been suspended or fired, he said, “I don’t have any information.” He added this is the first he was hearing of the investigation.

Meantime, we met a mother and her daughter, a student at the high school.

Kristy Hollenbeck said, “As a parent, just to think that students that would be in the same school as my daughter would be participating in something like that, scary.”

Ava Hollenbeck, 15, said, “Terrifying to think students that I walk around the school with would be involved in something like that. Terrifying.”

Cleveland police are not answering questions. Case Western Reserve University did not return messages. And the state athletic association also did not return messages.

The I-Team will stay on top of this to watch for any internal discipline or criminal charges.

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