Agawam Mass. Football Players, Coaches Suspended for Alleged Hazing

11/23/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Springfield, MA—A hazing incident inside the boy’s locker room has landed four players and four coaches on suspension, leaving a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Western Massachusetts hanging in limbo. The hazing incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday night, November 17, 2010, following football practice, as reported by WHDH.

Authorities have released few details about the alleged hazing, but they did state it happened inside the Agawam High School locker room and four students are suspended from the team and school for 10 days.

The brother of a football player, Mike Rigali stated the locker room incidents are nothing new. “I think its blown out of proportion. Its something that been going on in Agawam for years, what not, and there was no hard to the matter. No kids got hurt or anything,” Rigali said.

Agawam schools superintendent Mary Czajkowski disagrees, “While no one was hurt, hazing—which is against the law—will not be tolerated.”

The Western Massachusetts community are sitting on their edge of their seats, waiting to hear if their traditional Thanksgiving game will continue. Agawam was scheduled to play their long-time rival East Springfield. “That’s your Super Bowl, pretty much. Everyone come home to watch this game. Its something you never get back,” said Rigali. A decision is expected to be made on Monday.

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