No charges have been filed in an alleged hazing incident which took place between members of Bel Air High School’s junior varsity football team earlier this month, while school system officials said the perpetrators have faced disciplinary action.
The incident came to light after the parent of a student not directly involved went public with details of the episode. Harford County Public Schools responded with a brief statement indicating that the matter was dealt with internally.
“The school was made aware of the hazing incident and an investigation was initiated immediately,” the statement said. “Following the investigation, the students involved were disciplined appropriately.”
Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld declined to specify the disciplinary actions taken, citing the Maryland Public Information Act, which protects details of students’ disciplinary records. However, she reiterated that the actions taken were appropriate to the situation, detailed in the organization’s Administrative Regulations and Procedures for Interscholastic Athletics, which states:
Hazing is an activity that is forbidden in Harford County Public Schools and includes any action or creation of a situation, which recklessly or intentionally subjects a student to the risk of bodily harm, injury, or humiliation. Any athlete found to be involved in hazing activities may be subject to loss of eligibility to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Kranefeld said the students involved in the incident remain members of the football team.
While Kranefeld said the parents of the students involved were made aware of their right to press charges, no such charges have been filed at this time.