Parents of at least six high school freshman are outraged by alleged assaults they say occurred during a summer football camp at Pittsburg State University.
Parents say the Seneca High School football players were attending a football camp at PSU when they were assaulted physically and sexually by older players in the Nation Hall dorm.
According to reports, the underclassmen were assaulted with the rods from mini-blinds by junior and senior members of the Seneca High School football team.
The grandmother of one of the boys assaulted said her grandson was bleeding from injuries he sustained during the attack.
It was also reported that the older players placed their genitals on the faces of the younger players.
But, one parent said the sexual incident went further than that.
Seneca Superintendent Rick Cook said school officials are responding to all reports.
“We are working with outside agencies to investigate the matter and family services have been brought in on this,” said Cook.
Officials say the incidents reportedly only happened between upper and lower classmen attending Seneca High School. No other schools or players were involved.
PSU campus police are also investigating the “situation,” which they have referred to only as “hazing.”
According to the Seneca School District’s bullying/hazing policy, students who participate in bullying:
“….may include, but is not limited, suspension or expulsion from school and removal from participation in activities…”
The policy defines hazing as:
“…. any activity, on or off school grounds, that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student….”
“Nothing is more important than the welfare of our students,” said Cook. “We are very concerned for our student’s safety.”