The family of an unnamed student has filed a federal lawsuit against La Vernia High School in La Vernia Texas. The suit alleges that the teenage athletes at the school were involved in elaborate and brutal hazing rituals which included sexual assault, and that teachers and coaches failed to stop the abuse. At least three arrests have been made, and at least 10 others face sexual assault charges.
The suit alleges that a “pervasive ‘rape culture’ dominated the school’s football program,” and that adults either tacitly approved of or looked away from much of the abuse which occurred throughout the school's sports teams, according to CBS. The hazing rituals involved sodomy and "fondling." The suit adds that many of the perpetrators of the violence “have [also] been physically and sexually assaulted pursuant to these sadistic hazing rituals which include rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and sexual abuse.”
My San Antonio adds that the three students arrested sodomized their fellow athlete with a flashlight while he struggled to escape.
La Vernia ISD Superintendent Jose Moreno said that the district would "continue working closely with the authorities as they conduct a full and thorough investigation."
"La Vernia ISD understands that the outcomes of the hearing process may be difficult at times," he added. "I can assure you that due process is given to all students that aligns with the Student Code of Conduct, Board Policy, and the law."
The accused students face mandatory expulsion on top of their criminal charges. La Vernia Chief of Police Bruce Ritchey thinks the hazing rituals have existed since 2014.
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