The family of a Illinois high school freshman is suing the Maine Township High School District 207, claiming that Maine West High School officials sanctioned hazing of the unnamed teen as part of a years-long ritual at the school.
The unidentified mother appeared at a news conference Monday wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses alongside attorney Antonio Romanucci.
“I thought my son would be safe at school,” she said, according to WLS-TV. “You think when you drop off your son, it’s a safe place to be. But I feel like the coaches should have kept him safe on the soccer field, and they didn’t do that.”
The mother adds that the acts — and the school’s failure to respond — breaks Illinois state anti-bullying laws.
The lawsuit claims that the 14-year-old and at least two other boys were sexually assaulted during soccer practice in September — during school hours and condoned by coaches. The complaint alleges that teammates shoved the three boys to the ground and beat them. The older players then held them down, pulled down their pants and underwear and sodomized them.
The plaintiffs contend that the ritual dates back several years as part of initiation for being promoted to the varsity soccer team. They also say that Principal Audrey Haugan knew or should have known about the ritual, and two soccer coaches both witnessed and permitted the practice to continue.
“That behavior in today’s society is disgusting,” Romanucci said. “It should never be condoned. It should never have happened.”
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I hope other parents get great lawyers!