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D-49 hazing investigation into Falcon High School football team complete, season to continue under an interim coach

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 3:48 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 4:32 PM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Falcon High School football program will return to the field as D-49 announced their own investigation into confirmed hazing is complete.

11 News first started covering this story on Tuesday when parents reached out wanting more information on the program being suspended. A separate investigation is being conducted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and has yet to be completed. A spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tells 11 News they are speaking with four or five players on the team; there’s also a possibility that number could grow depending on what information they learn. The School Resource Officer learned about a possible hazing incident on Sept. 15, launching the investigation. Several coaches, players and parents allegedly knew about the hazing and didn’t report it.

It isn’t clear if there was any criminal wrongdoing.

The following is communication sent out to the community by the principal at Falcon High School. The most recent letter sent out on Friday announced an interim coach would be taking over the field and the school is ready to “reset the season and move forward with team activities.”

PREVIOUS LETTERS:

The first letter was sent out on Tuesday (9/21):

The sheriff’s office couldn’t provide many details other than the alleged misconduct is sexual in nature. It’s too early in the investigation to tell if charges will be brought forth.

On Wednesday, the school district provided an update stating the investigation confirms both hazing and harassment:

Wednesday evening the sheriff’s office provided an update on their investigation stating, “a preliminary investigation found several juveniles were engaged in a hazing incident involving members of the football team. According to the allegations, the incident occurred on campus.”

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