DCFS Asks Prosecutors to Look Into Maine West Hazing Allegations

Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 9:37 PM CDT
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More Families Allege Maine West Hazing

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Maine West Hazing Goes Back to 2008

District superintendent Ken Wallace says the proper agencies have been notified about the 2008 incident and an internal investigation has been launched. Christian Farr reports.

More Families Allege Maine West Hazing

At least four families have filed suit against the school and some of the coaches, alleging that hazing rituals turned into sexual abuse. Christian Farr reports.
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The hazing allegations at Maine West High School could result in criminal charges against the coaches.

Several student athletes have come forward alleging they were sexually assaulted by their teammates and that the coaches knew what was going on but turned a blind eye.

State law requires the coaches to report abuse, and Illinois' Department of Children and Family Services on Monday asked the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to look into whether any district employees broke the law.

The hazing incidents came to light last month when a mother said her freshman son was sexually assaulted in September during a hazing ritual by other members of the soccer team. Police reports obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times indicate that one coach watched one of the incidents and later congratulated the victim.

At least two families are involved in a lawsuit.

Six Maine West students have been charged as juveniles with battery and hazing while four other players have been disciplined by the school.

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