A Kansas football program finds itself rocked by hazing allegations just as its season kicks into a higher gear.
As reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal and CBS affiliate KWCH, the Manhattan (Kan.) football team was said to be involved in a terrifying incident Thursday where a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were beaten as part of the program’s so-called “birthday beatdown” hazing culture.
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Superintendent Marvin Wade confirmed that the hazing incidents in question occurred on school property, and that the school was looking into the allegations.
At the same time, there was no word on whether any of the upperclassmen accused of involvement in the hazing had received a punishment of any kind.
Manhattan will enter the second round of the Kansas football playoffs with an 8-1 record. The Indians are scheduled to face Derby at 5 p.m. on Friday.