La Puente High School Soccer Players Accused of Sexual Assault in Hazing RitualAdamin
Much has been made of the sexually-themed hazing rituals that occurred on a teenage soccer team at La Puente High School. The city of La Puente is located in the San Gabriel Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, and is far from being known for the types of shocking crimes that have recently made headlines all over southern California, but the allegations are so surprisingly harsh that it is branding the city in a negative light anyway.
The allegations that have only recently been made public involve a high school soccer team where students claim to have been sexually assaulted as a sort of initiation. Graphic details have emerged and have stunned parents, teachers and other members of the community. A boy known as “Billy” in media reports claimed to have been sodomized with a stick by his teammates. Another 15-year-old victim was sodomized with a pole while surrounded by 10 of his teammates. The third young victim claimed that the coach knew about the abuse and even winked at him when the boys lured him away from view of the coach towards a storage shed on the school grounds for the sexual hazing. The boy, known as “John” said “I’m pretty sure he could hear us screaming and kicking in there. And he’s just right next to it,” the boy told CNN. Since all the victims are minors, their names have not been released to news outlets.
The soccer coach is under investigation for possible involvement and was placed on administrative leave by the school district. Authorities are conducting interviews with 70 boys at the high school as the investigation continues. One of the victim’s mothers alerted sheriffs two weeks ago. Four individuals stand accused of the crime and could face charges from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Three of those four are minors, while one has turned 18 years old since the attacks are said to have occurred.
Parents are understandably furious over the situation, wondering where any of the supervision was in this case. Parents are also frustrated that they were not made aware of the abuse earlier, some of whom had to learn about the situation through the news they read and saw on television. Investigators in the case believe that the hazing rituals have been going on for several years and that many of the older players on the team were also victims as well. One of the boys who was a victim of the most recent attacks has stated that he does not want to attend the school any longer because the students have been making fun of him and laughing at him.