Students of La Puente High School have come forward and claimed that they were sexually abused during hazing incidents by senior students of the school's football team.
The school came under national scrutiny after it emerged that during the traditional hazing incidents at the school, students were sexually abused. This incident came to the forefront when parents of an abused student stepped forward to bring the matter to the management's attention and demanded an explanation and action.
According to the complaint filed, the varsity soccer players sexually abused younger team members in hazing rituals and all of this was done under the knowledge and encouragement of the coach.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has opened an investigation into the La Puente High School hazing case, and already four arrests have been made in this case. Other parents from the school and members of the community have expressed their shock and sadness over the incident and are demanding thorough investigation into the case. The superintendent of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Barbara Nakaoka, said, "Our school community faces the tragic allegation that student-to-student hazing was taking place between members of a sports team at La Puente High School. The allegations are deeply concerning, and they have understandably caused tremendous anxiety and anger among students and parents," according to a report by msnbc.com.
Nakaoka also said that the media's comparison of the case with that of events at Penn State, involving its coach, Jerry Sandusky, were unfounded. "I cannot allow this comparison to go unchallenged; if I were to let these unfounded comments go unchecked, then I would be indirectly telling students that their voices are not heard," she said.
According to the details provided about the hazing incidents taking place at La Puente High School, senior members of the school's football team used to torment younger members. Things had gotten so far that sexual abuse started taking place. Senior members used to sodomize young boys with foreign objects. All of this was being done with the encouragement and facilitation provided by the coach, whose name has not been disclosed yet.
According to the officials, more than 70 students at La Puente High School are being questioned and interviewed in this case so that a complete picture can be obtained.
Some of the victims of the La Puente High School hazing incident are undergoing psychological evaluation due to the turmoil they faced at the hazing.