Manhattan school officials respond to alleged hazing incident

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 11:09 PM CDT
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Manhattan High School officials say they take seriously an alleged hazing incident involving the high school football team.

The Manhattan Football team kicked off playoff season Friday night with a win over Wichita East, but for one Manhattan High School parent a cloud hangs over the victory.

That same day Riley County Police confirmed they filed a battery report involving Manhattan High School football players.

One Manhattan High School parent, who chose to remain anonymous says he's been aware of bullying and hazing on the football team for years.

"It's more than the hazing incident" the Manhattan parent said.

USD 383 Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade, confirmed something did happen Wednesday night after football practice, involving several student athletes. There were initial conversations before the matter was turned over to police.

“The coach became aware that something had occurred, he and the athletic director met with some of the student athletes," Dr. Wade said.

RCPD said two victims, 15 and 16 year old boys, were kicked and hit by multiple teenaged suspects near bishop field. The district has a hazing policy that states disciplinary action will be taken against individuals involved in the act– but it doesn’t specify the consequences.

“We want to make sure that anybody who is guilty of some violation does have the consequences that are appropriate for it," Dr. Wade said.

This parent, says he's disappointed the district is letting MHS continue through playoff games.

"What are you telling these kids by letting them play the game," the Manhattan parent said.

Wade says the school will not take action against any player until RCPD is finished with their investigation.

'We need to make informed decisions," said, Dr. Wade. "We need the information to make informed decisions and then we've got these timelines of playoff games that just create a sense of anxiety and our integrity is very important to us."