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Dedham police charge 4 in connection to alleged hazing incident at high school

Posted by Natalie Feulner  September 27, 2012 02:28 PM

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The Dedham Police Department announced Thursday afternoon that it has charged four teens in connection to an alleged hazing incident at Dedham High School.

According to a news release, police are working with the School Department in investigating the incident, which reports in local media and Twitter messages have said occurred on the high school football team.

Neither the school nor the police have identified the students involved or specifics about what happened, citing state and federal laws that prohibit them from discussing juvenile matters. In addition, both departments are refusing to answer requests for additional comments.

“Because juvenile matters are not public, we will not release the identity of those involved or the specific charges,” the police statement said.

Police also said they are moving on with the investigation and do not expect any other students to be charged.

The superintendent also released a statement this week that said possible disciplinary actions could include suspension or expulsion and that the school would “utilize all the avenues available to us to restore a sense of safety and protection to our students and the confidence of the community in its high school.”

Massachusetts hazing laws include a criminal penalty of up to $3,000 or a year in prison.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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