Groton, N.Y. — Three student-athletes at Groton High School have been found to have committed “serious” violations of the school’s code of conduct in a hazing/bullying incident, Superintendent James Abrams said Tuesday.

Abrams said he was prohibited by law from disclosing the punishment given to each student. He also would not reveal details of the hazing/bullying.

The football team’s game Friday was canceled over the report.

A Groton police officer said Tuesday that a separate criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing. No charges have been filed yet, the officer said.

A WHCU report relayed that some parents have voiced concerns about the school’s response.

“There have been parents that have been supportive and pleased with our response in terms of holding student who violate our code of conduct to task,” Abrams said. “The biggest response has been it’s tarnished the reputation of good students by association and that’s always unfortunate.”

Abrams said the school continues to look at additional consequences against other members of the team who may have had more minor roles in the hazing/bullying.

He said he didn’t have a number for how many students could face punishment, but that it’s a “small number” and likely no more than five. These students may have been involved in “egging” on the hazing/bullying, he said.

Abrams said he didn’t feel comfortable saying that the victim in the incident is okay.

“I think it’s always going to be challenging with teammates and those relationships,” Abrams said.

He did say, however, that the student plans to return to the field.

“I know he wants to play football,” Abrams said.


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