ASD: Dimond HS hazing incident being investigated

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop confirms ASD is cooperating with the Anchorage Police Department in an investigation into an alleged hazing incident involving an Anchorage high school.

Monday evening, ASD spokesperson Catherine Esary confirmed the students are from Dimond High School.

Channel 2 spoke with a woman claiming to be the mother of one of the alleged victims, a freshman on the Dimond High School football team. She asked that her name be withheld.

The mother says several senior team members took several freshman team members one-by-one into another room in Fairbanks, where the alleged abuse, which she says was sexual in nature, occurred. The team was there for Saturday’s game against Lathrop High School.

She says she spoke to the disciplinary principal and the school resource officer Monday morning at Dimond High School, who she says recommended the alleged victims go to Alaska Cares and STAR to tell their story. According to the parent, Alaska Cares recommended her son not attend school Tuesday while the investigation is continuing.

Earlier Monday, ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop declined to specify the nature of the alleged hazing.

“We take these things seriously and are fully cooperative, and support our students and their safety,” Bishop said. “Hazing is not part of any kind of culture that we want to have in the Anchorage School District.”

Channel 2 reached out to the Anchorage Police Department today regarding the nature of the investigation.

APD Public Information Officer Renee Oistad wrote in an email, “APD does not comment on whether or not a sexual assault investigation is taking place unless/until charges are filed.”

The Dimond High School Football website and Facebook page posted Monday afternoon that football practice is cancelled until further notice. The post said there will be a mandatory meeting for the football program after school on Tuesday.

The notice was later removed Monday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Channel 2's Sean Maguire and Jill Burke contributed to this report.

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