Paradise Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.) has removed eight players from the football team for all of the 2016 season for an alleged hazing incident in El Cajon, Calif., last week at its camp.
Paradise Valley ended its camp after three practices because of the incident. The program suspended operation this week while the school conducted an investigation.
Official football practices in helmets began Monday in Arizona for schools with Zero Week games the weekend of Aug. 18-20. The Trojans, who reached the Division III state championship game last season, are expected to start official practices today to get ready for an Aug. 19 game against Buckeye Verrado.
“After the administration at Paradise Valley High School conducted a thorough investigation, it was determined that those students who were found to be involved in the hazing incident and in violation of the District policy were appropriately disciplined and will not be returning to the football team for the 2016 football season,” Paradise Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh wrote in an email. “Due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we cannot release the names of the students involved.”
The district stated early in the week that 49 players participated in the football camp in the San Diego area last week, and that approximately eight students reported to coaches that were hazed by other students from the team.