Groton, N.Y. — Groton school officials and police are investigating a report of a “hazing-type” incident involving the varsity football team, Superintendent James Abrams confirmed Friday.

Abrams wouldn’t disclose details about the reported hazing but called it a “serious, significant violation of our code of conduct.”

The team’s game scheduled for tonight against Spencer-Van Etten has been canceled, according to Abrams.

“We’re going to investigate things aggressively and give serious consequences” if warranted, Abrams said.

Abrams also praised the Groton student who came forward to administrators about the incident, which was reported Thursday to the school’s principal.

“It was somebody outside of the incident that witnessed it that came and filed a report,” Abrams said. “It’s just what we hope for from our students.”

Abrams said he expects the investigation to be completed by next Tuesday and said more details would be shared then.

He wouldn’t speculate on possible criminal charges, but said Groton police are involved in a parallel investigation to the one being conducted by school officials.

The incident was first reported by The Ithaca Journal.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.