Western H.S. cancels football season after hazing incident

Western H.S. cancels football season after hazing incident

By Drew Karedes. CREATED Oct 14, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Western High School has canceled the remainder of its football season after suspending seven varsity players this week.

Sources tell Action News that seven players were suspended for hazing. The incident allegedly happened this week when the seven players taped another player to a chair and stole a personal device from him.

"He said, who wants to get taped down? That's when they grabbed him and taped him to a chair and just rolled him outside. There's no physical pain. It was just internal, mental pain," explained varsity football player Jamal Hooker.

All seven players were suspended and kicked off the team. It's unclear if they will receive any further consequences.

"I think they were just doing it as a joke, but I don't think he took it as a joke," explained Hooker. "Every now and then he gets picked on for some reason, but it's like why? Now we don't have a season."

In order to continue the season, coaches would have been forced to pull younger, unprepared players to play on the varsity team. School physicians were not comfortable doing that, and the school cited safety concerns when deciding to forfeit the remaining three games of their season.

Western had not won any games this season. The team was scheduled to play division rival Durango on Friday night as their final home game of the season. It was also suppose to be senior night.

Western was scheduled to play Bishop Gorman next week for Gorman's homecoming game. Gorman will instead face Arbor View High School.

The principal of Western High School, Neddy Alvarez, released the following statement:

"Western High School has made the difficult decision to forfeit the remaining three games of its boys varsity football schedule because the school does not have enough eligible players.  We would like to thank our students and their families for their continued support throughout the 2011-12 school year."