Alleged ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas town – The Washington Post

The Washington Post ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas townBy Katie Mettler April 14 at 4:51 AM(Google maps)The small town of La Vernia has a population of 1,200 people, a police force of six full-time officers and, like most of Texas, a religious-like investment in its high school football team.Which is why the expanding investigation into disturbing allegations of sexually violent hazing within the school’s male athletic teams, including football, baseball and basketball, has rattled the tightknit community located 30 miles east of San Antonio.Since the end of March, 13 students — seven juveniles and six adults — have been arrested in connection with the hazing scandal, a lawsuit has been filed against La Vernia High School and at least 10 victims have come forward with stories of athletic team “initiations” that included sodomy and sexual abuse with Coke and Gatorade bottles, flashlights and the threaded end of a carbon dioxide tank.

La Vernia police chief Bruce Ritchey has called the scandal a “black eye” on the community. The Texas Rangers took over the investigation earlier this month to ensure impartiality since many of the victims, perpetrators and members of law enforcement know each other intimately,…

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