A high school in Maine fired its head football coach after it opened an investigation into a sex toy hazing incident.
According to the NBC News Center affiliate, the allegations stemmed from a team retreat at Thomas Point Beach in August, when one of the student-athletes was reportedly held down while others forced a dildo into his body. stuffy. School officials learned of the situation soon after and began questioning 36 of the 39 players about the incident. They also examined emails and text messages regarding the matter, as well as several videos of the hazing.
College football head coach Dan Cooper was initially placed on non-disciplinary leave alongside assistant coach Greg Nadeau. However, in a statement on Wednesday, Brunswick Superintendent Phillip Potenziano announced that Cooper had been fired from his post and the remaining football season had been canceled. Potenziano also confirmed that a number of students were also removed from the squad.
“After very careful deliberation, we have concluded that we cannot safely field a team and continue to compete for the remaining three games of the season,” he wrote. “We understand that this decision will likely be a blow to many of our student-athletes and their families, and we regret the circumstances that forced us to make this difficult decision. However, we must be guided by what is best for the safety and well-being of our students and the administration, and I believe that is the right decision.
Potenziano went on to highlight the important role extracurricular activities play in a student’s life, so much so that he and the school’s sports director were considering hosting football practices and light intra-team scrums for Football team. He also encouraged the affected pupils and their families to use the counseling services provided at the school.
“Thank you for your understanding and patience as we go through a very difficult time for our football team,” he continued. “I also want to reiterate our commitment to the well-being of our students. There are adults here at the school who can offer support to students and families – reaching out is essential if you or your loved one needs it.
Brunswick Police Chief Scott Stewart also confirmed that police are investigating the case, but have not gone very far “due to circumstances beyond our control”.