The small farming town of La Vernia is getting hit with a sex scandal involving high school athletes after a total of nine high school athletes – seven juveniles and two adult teens – were arrested on sexual assault related charges.
The juveniles that were arrested have since been released to their parents. The two adult teens were arrested at the school and were booked into Wilson County Jail in Floresville.
Police are not releasing details about the alleged assaults, but some parents are talking to reporters and expressing frustration on social media.
One mother said that most of the assaults were primarily within the school’s football team, but that the baseball and basketball teams were involved as well. She said her son and other boys were held down by a gang of older boys, and then had objects forced into their rectums.
“Kids were holding them down in the locker rooms, there was a lookout at the door watching for coaches not to come,” she said. “They hold them down and stick various items up their rectum… including coke bottles, deodorant bottles, steel pipes, baseball bats and broomsticks.”
As of right now, at least 10 victims have been identified, but that number is increasing. There will possibly be more arrests as well as police say that some of the school’s graduates have become ‘persons of interest’ in their investigation.
“Hazing is not uncommon,” said La Vernia Chief of Police Bruce Ritchey. “But hazing to this extent is uncommon.”
Ritchey went on to call the allegations a “black eye” for the city, but that he’s mostly concerned with getting help and healing for the victims.
“Being able to give them those immediate resources that are available for them to start this healing process and we have those resources ready for them so they can visit if they come forward,” said Sergeant Donald Keil.
School Superintendent Dr. Jose Moreno has refused to answer any questions at the moment, but has released the following statement:
“As you know, La Vernia ISD has been faced with a very difficult situation involving allegations made against and the arrests of a number of students at the District. It has been very challenging to balance and respect the rights of all involved, but that is what the District is tasked with doing. I want to make sure everyone knows that as soon as the District was informed of the arrests, our campus administrators took immediate and appropriate action; however, because of federal law protecting the confidentiality of student information, I cannot tell you what disciplinary actions have been or will be taken. In addition, we have been requested by law enforcement officials to not investigate the allegations until after they have completed theirs, and the District is complying with that request, and is taking action in accordance with the District’s Student Code of Conduct based upon the information provided by law enforcement officials to date. District personnel are fully cooperating with and assisting the La Vernia Police Department, and will continue to do so throughout their investigation into the allegations. La Vernia ISD is and will always be committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students, and has dealt with this situation with that commitment in mind.”
I get the humiliation\rite of passage aspect of some hazing… but how come when innocent hazing moves into “forcibly insert objects into buttholes” territory, it always seems to involve high school locker rooms or fraternities? Any armchair psychologists in the house?Tags: athlete, Crime, Hazing, High school, La Vernia, student, Texas