|Updated: 10/18/2012 10:41 am
||Published: 10/17/2012 9:16 pm
Right now, Locust Grove students are out of school on Fall Break, but much of this town is still talking about something that happened inside a weight room last week.
The district says during school hours, football players were involved in a “bullying/hazing incident,” but many in the community believe what happened is worse than that.
“It is a small town, so word spreads and the wrong things spread,” Locust Grove Superintendent David Cash told FOX23.
A number of people in Locust Grove called FOX23, and in response, we asked Cash about what people have heard happened during the alleged hazing.
FOX23 asked if there were any restraints placed on victims such as duct tape or saran wrap, and Cash answered, “No.”
FOX23 asked was the incident that happened a week ago today, was it sexual in nature at all, and asked told us, “No.”
Cash could not confirm or deny that genitalia was exposed or used by the perpetrators during the hazing incident.
The Locust Grove Police Department says they are wrapping up their investigation into this hazing incident, they do not believe at this that anything criminal happened but they do believe it was violation of school policy.
“I can't really go into the details of the incident because of the privacy of the students,” Cash said.
People in the community are also wondering why no one was apparently watching the students, when it all happened.
“That is something we're looking into, yes,” Cash said.
Some in the community suspect a cover up, and They believe that what happened in the weight room was much worse than what's been reported.
“I've heard that same rumor, and that is absolutely not true. It would have to involve a conspiracy of monumental proportions,” Cash said.
That sentiment is echoed by school board president Rick Condit.
“There's no cover up, and the only reason that it looks like a cover up because of the nature of the subject,” he said.
The School Board is planning a special meeting for Monday; at that time the district will talk about the incident as well as hear statements from the community. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Early Childhood Education Center.