Small Town Laments Loss of Football Season Due to Hazing
PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) — Hazing inflicted by older players on younger ones at a conditioning camp has led to the cancellation of an Oregon high school's football season, investigations by authorities, and calls for soul-searching and healing.
Meanwhile, three varsity high school football players in California have been charged in a separate incident.
Studies show more than half of college students in sports teams, clubs and organizations have experienced hazing. Many were hazed in high school.
Breaking the cycle is difficult, but the town of Philomath is tackling the issue head on. School district officials say they're focusing on students' mental health and looking for ways to prevent hazing incidents in the future.
Meanwhile, many residents are mourning the loss of the football games that brought the town of 4,500 together.