Students: Nixing football sends no-hazing message

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Posted: Oct 24, 2014 4:59 PM

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at a suburban Philadelphia high school say officials have sent a strong anti-hazing message by canceling the rest of the football season.

But teens at Central Bucks High School West differ on whether the punishment is appropriate. The community missed its annual pep rally and homecoming game Friday against a crosstown rival.

District Superintendent David Weitzel announced Thursday that he was scratching the remainder of the season after allegations surfaced of humiliating pre-season rituals.

On Friday, Weitzel said he wouldn't discuss the issue again until a community meeting next week.

A high school in Sayreville, New Jersey, canceled its football season earlier this month for similar reasons. Five coaches were suspended and criminal charges are pending against seven players.