No charges will be filed regarding an incident in the locker room of the Cortland High School lacrosse team. City police have concluded their investigation into the March incident. Our Kat De Maria joins us now.
CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. --The superintendent, who has not given interviews about this incident until now, said a student went to his coach at the end of March and said another student held him down and humiliated him.
The superintendent said that information went to the athletic director, principal and then himself. And then police were brought in to investigate.
The superintendent said the investigation shows the incident was not bullying or hazing but rather an escalation of an ongoing issue between some students.
But four players have been removed from the team and face other disciplinary action. The superintendent wouldn't describe exactly what happened but said it crossed the line.
Cortland School Superintendent, Larry Spring said, “It's the kind of situation I don’t' think anybody feels is appropriate, should be condoned or any of the kinds of things we expect our students to be exhibiting in terms of representing the school district on an athletic team, exhibiting leadership on a team or as a senior. It was a serious incident."
The superintendent said an assistant coach who was alleged to have witnessed the incident was cleared as part of the investigation. He's posted a letter on the district's web site, which is available at www.cortlandschools.org.