DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) — Police investigating what they called “very serious” hazing among football players at a high school in California’s Central Valley have arrested three teenage boys in a case they said could be emotionally difficult for their small city to face.
Few details were released about the actions that led to the Wednesday arrests of two 17-year-old players and one 16-year-old player from Dos Palos High School. The names of the students were not released because of their ages.
Dos Palos Police Chief Barry Mann told the Merced Sun-Star it was a “very serious,” ‘’very emotional” situation, and more arrests were possible.
“When some of these details become public, I think there’s going to be a healing process needed for the whole community,” Mann said.
He also withheld details about victims and injuries.
The students were out of school Wednesday and likely to be disciplined soon, said Bill Spalding, superintendent of schools.
“It’s a pretty serious misconduct,” Spalding told the Sun-Star. “Police and school administrators are trying to really get a scope of what occurred.”
The school has about 700 students and is the only high school in the town of about 5,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Fresno.
Its football team is one of the best in California history for its size, having won 49 league titles and 15 sectional championships.
Head Coach Rob Calvert said he was waiting for guidance from the district before commenting.
“I can say that unless things are cleared up by Friday, they won’t be on the field for the game and it doesn’t look like it will be,” Calvert said.