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Students, faculty disciplined for hazing at Memphis high school

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(WMC-TV) – Memphis City Schools is taking action following an investigation into an alleged hazing incident involving the football players at White Station High School.

Action News 5 learned that five players have been suspended for five days.

The hazing involved players hitting other players on the legs with their fists. Players were also hit with wiffle balls, basketballs, and dodge balls. Some football players also dumped baby powder and water on their classmates.

MCS received a complaint from a parent after the football players attended a citywide camp at a church. It was reported the players were in the basement, while the adults were upstairs.

MCS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash announced Thursday that White Station football coaches and personnel will be disciplined.

The Friday night football game versus Ridgeway High School will be forfeited. And letters will be sent home to all White Station students and families to let them know about the issue.

Counseling services will be provided to students who witnessed or experienced the hazing.

Memphis City Schools released a statement Thursday in reference to the hazing:

"MCS received complaints that several freshmen football players at White Station High School were hazed during a football camp. MCS immediately notified the Memphis Police Department and conducted an internal investigation which revealed that hazing had occurred. As a result of the findings, the District took appropriate disciplinary action against several students and against school personnel who were responsible for ensuring the safety of the students.

Additionally, since several White Station High School football players participated in the hazing, MCS has held the entire team accountable for the misconduct by requiring the team to forfeit tomorrow's game.

MCS has zero tolerance for hazing or any conduct which puts our students at risk. The District trusts that this substantial but necessary penalty deters future acts of hazing by students and/or student athletes."

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