Alleged hazing incident probed

Police and school authorities are investigating an alleged hazing incident involving several Hollidaysburg Area High School football players, officials said Monday.

District representatives contacted police Friday with reports of hazing, Hollidaysburg Chief David Gehret said. No charges have been filed.

“We’re in the process of getting information,” Gehret said.

In a written statement released Monday, district Superintendent Bob Gildea did not specify the team involved, but Gehret said the allegations pointed, at least in part, to members of the football team.

“There may be some members involved,” he said.

In his statement, Gildea said district officials were investigating the incident themselves.

“The district will not tolerate any action that endangers the physical or mental health of our student athletes and will administer appropriate discipline to any and all student-athletes who violate district policy,” he said.

The Hollidaysburg athletic handbook and student handbook don’t mention hazing directly, but the student handbook notes specifically that police will be notified in cases of assault. Both assault and bullying are punishable by suspension and, in some cases, fines and payment of damages, according to school policies.

Football coach Homer DeLattre did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457. Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly contributed to this article.