LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a suburban Chicago school district has agreed to settle a lawsuit over alleged hazing of high school football players.
Terms of the settlement announced Thursday with Lake Zurich Unit School District 95 weren’t released.
District spokeswoman Jean Malek says in a statement the settlement “helps bring closure to the matter.” Lawyers for the two former student-athletes note the settlement comes after anti-hazing training was added for coaches, staff and students.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports allegations surfaced last year before a Lake Zurich High School playoff game. A police investigation determined criminal charges weren’t warranted, but the lawsuit alleged hazing was part of the school’s athletic programs since 1997.
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The lawsuit said past hazing included players urinating on teammates or placing their genitals on other players’ faces.
Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com