Andover High hockey players were allegedly denied food, water as punishment

Lawrence, MA  1-25-18:  Andover High School interim hockey head coach Peter Loring is pictured behind the bench during the game. Andover met Chelmsford in a boy's high school hockey game at the Valley Forum.   (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Interim Andover High School hockey coach Peter Loring is pictured behind the bench during Thursday's game. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a Massachusetts high school say the state child welfare agency is investigating allegations that players on the hockey team were denied food and water as punishment for losing games.

Andover High School officials announced Thursday that the state Department of Children and Families is investigating the accusations. Officials previously disclosed that three coaches of the school’s hockey team were placed on leave.

School administrators say the DCF is investigating two reported incidents: students not being allowed a water break while being forced to do punitive conditioning during a practice after losing a game, and players being denied food while returning to Andover after losing an away game.

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Andover officials say they’re cooperating with the DCF investigation and will do their own probe.

Read the full press release from Andover Public Schools:

ANDOVER — The Department of Children and Families has notified Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad of an active investigation around possible neglect by three Andover High School boys hockey coaches.

Currently, Andover Public Schools understands that two reported incidents are being reviewed by DCF:

– During a practice after the team lost a game, students were forced to do a punitive conditioning session where they were not allowed a water break.
– After the team lost an away game and were on the road back to Andover, students were denied food as a punishment for losing.

Andover Public Schools is fully cooperating with the DCF investigation and will additionally conduct its own investigation following the conclusion of the DCF investigation.

Media is asked to respect the privacy of students over the course of the investigation.