Cañon City Tigers football team suspended two games after hazing allegations investigated – Canon City Daily Record
An investigation into allegations of hazing by the Cañon City Tigers football team will not result in criminal charges, but it will be subject to a two-game suspension.
In a joint press release issued Wednesday by Deputy Superintendent of Schools Adam Hartman and Cañon City Police Chief John Schick, officials said the investigation, which included interviews with members of the varsity team , failed to “bear a burden of proof sufficient to believe that a violation of state law has occurred.
“These same interviews, however, revealed initiation activities that violate the statutes of the Colorado High School Activities Association,” the press release said.
The reported events where the alleged activities took place have been well followed by the majority of the varsity team, authorities said. The CCPD found no evidence that team coaches or school officials were involved or were aware of the events.
“High school athletics is both a privilege and an opportunity for young people to learn to be civil leaders and good citizens,” the press release said. “A violation of the rules of the CHSAA has consequences determined by the school officials. “
Officials said after looking at the full extent of the incidents, the consequences applied to enough athletes that CCHS could not safely field a team due to the potential suspensions.
The CCHS administration has decided that the CCHS varsity football team will have a two-game suspension while continuing to prepare for the remainder of the season which resumes on October 15th.
Allegations of an initiation ritual by the college football team were first reported on September 20 to the CCHS administration, which conducted its initial investigation on the morning of September 21. It was then forwarded to the district administration. Due to the nature of some of the allegations, the PCAC then conducted its own investigation.
The CCPD, in partnership with the Kindred Kids Child Advocacy Center, coordinated and conducted interviews with cooperating members of the varsity team on Tuesday to identify witnesses and potential victims of hazing.
“We sincerely hope that the events uncovered this week serve as an opportunity to learn and provide an even healthier student-athlete experience in the future,” the press release said.