Hoffman Estates police said today they have decided not to seek criminal charges in a hazing incident that prompted the Hoffman Estates High School's boys varsity basketball team to forfeit three games.
Officials with Township High School District 211 described the hazing as an initiation rite in which some team members were roughed up, though no one was sexually abused. Aside from the forfeits, district officials required team members to undergo anti-hazing training.
School officials said they promptly informed authorities when they learned of the allegations, and that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services determined there was no need for further review. Sgt. Darin Felgenhauer of the Hoffman Estates police said he could not comment on the decision not to seek charges until the investigator's official report is filed.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office is investigating other hazing allegations at nearby Maine West High School in Des Plaines, where four athletes have filed a lawsuit claiming they were beaten or sexually abused during initiation rituals, and that coaches and administrators knew of the abuse and did nothing to stop it. The investigation is ongoing, said Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office.