AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - The Agawam School Department is investigating a possible case of hazing involving the high school's football team.
Superintendent Dr. Mary Czajkowski told 22News that football practice was canceled Friday and over the weekend while they investigate the allegations.
Dr. Czajkowski would not say if students were suspended, only that disciplinary action has been taken. He also could not elaborate on how many students or football players were involved.
The Agawam Police Department is assisting in the investigation. "I don't think it was right because not all the football players were participating in the hazing so it shouldn't affect everyone else," said Agawam High School student Preeti Nakrani.
"You've got to set that precedent right up front. If something like that happens than the kids have to know that they should be following the rules and that there will consequences if they don't," said Susan Alvanos of Agawam.
Massachusetts has had a law banning high school hazing since 1985.
This is the Agawam Athletic Handbook. There is section on hazing.
"Hazing - any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization or team which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of a student is not allowed. Such conduct is a crime under Massachusetts's law and will not be tolerated."
As for the annual Thanksgiving football game between Agawam and West Springfield.
West Springfield Athletic Director Cathy Meader told 22News that she has been assured that the game will go on as scheduled.