Soccer players accused of wrapping teammates in plastic wrap as part of hazing stunt

Jonathan Wall
May 3, 2012

Members of Joliet West (Ill.) High's girls soccer team are in hot water after an unknown number of teammates were put through a hazing ritual that involved wrapping them in plastic wrap and taking pictures of the stunt.

As CBS2 Chicago reported, school officials got wind of the hazing incident, which happened over the weekend at a tournament in Freeport, Ill., when photos started to circulate online. Since the investigation is still ongoing, school officials wouldn't comment on if the allegations will lead to criminal charges.

But based on the reaction from parents and school officials, they're taking the news very seriously. Like all schools, Joliet Township has specific rules against hazing during extra-curricular activities, so all team members involved could be in serious trouble if the story proves to be true.

"I was just disgusted to find out this type of thing happened," parent Xochilt Correa told ABC2. "If it sends a message, then it sends the right message that it will not be tolerated."

According to the Herald-News, parents were informed of the incident on Tuesday after the hazing allegations were reported on Monday. No timetable has been set on confirming everything and putting this story to bed, but considering the news that's out there at the moment, you'd imagine school officials would like to get this story out of the spotlight as soon as possible.

Hazing is a common occurrence in the professional ranks -- especially when it comes to rookie hazing in the NFL during training camp. But this is an entirely different situation. While we can't say for sure if the girls wrapped in plastic wrap were harmed or in danger at any point during the initiation, school rules are only seen in black and white. If there was indeed a hazing incident, then players will certainly be punished.

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