Mira Mesa High School investigating reported hazing

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 15:48:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An investigation is underway after a reported hazing at a school in Mira Mesa.

According to a statement, the hazing happened among members of the junior varsity football team. It’s unclear when the hazing may have taken place.

Following the incident, Jeff Sabins, the school’s principal, sent a letter to parents that reads in part, “I have just learned about an alleged incident involving several of our JV football players.” Sabins continues, telling parents he can’t disclose details of the incident, citing “privacy laws.”

The incident also caused the cancellation of an upcoming combined freshman and junior varsity game scheduled for Oct. 4. The school also plans to hold a forum to discuss the allegation.

Read Sabins’ full statement to 10News below:

“The Mira Mesa High School administration learned of alleged hazing occurring among some members of the Junior Varsity football team. In response, the school: launched an investigation into the allegations, which continues; canceled a JV football practice and game scheduled for Thursday; and notified the entire school community of the reports of alleged hazing. I have directed football staff to increase off-field supervision of football team members. Tomorrow night, I will meet with football families to review our commitment to keep students safe on and off the field.”

10News learned the San Diego Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit will look into the allegations and interview possible witnesses.

Sabins and coaches plan to meet with concerned parents Thursday at 6 p.m.

10News spoke with a few students heading to school Thursday morning, including a football player who said he was in the locker room Tuesday when it happened. 

The student said he didn't see it, but from the laughter he heard, it sounded like it was all in fun.

"We all took it as a joke," the student said. "But I don’t know who brought the idea to do it to the freshman."

When asked about what actually took place, the student said, "It’s like some weird stuff that they do. Normal boy stuff." He added, "It’s a little bit embarrassing. But nothing sexual."

Coaches and the principal also making clear to players this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable.

"I didn’t expect that," said Ernie, a concerned father who had just dropped his son off at school. "You know, you try to protect your son and then you hear something like this. That's a terrible thing."