Kansas football players accused of forcibly branding teammates

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally
Three members of the Hutchinson football team were arrested in connection with forcibly branding a teammate — USD308.com
Three members of the Hutchinson football team were arrested in connection with forcibly branding a teammate — USD308.com

One of the more disturbing hazing incidents of recent times may have unfolded in Kansas, where three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, hazing and tattooing or body piercing of a minor without consent; one was also being held on suspicion of criminal restraint. The arrests came in connection with a disturbing incident in which the three teens -- all members of a high school football team -- allegedly branded four underclassmen teammates with heated wire hangers.

As first reported by the Hutchinson News, and followed upon by the Associated Press, two unnamed 18-year-olds and one 16-year-old members of the Hutchinson High football team (Hutchinson, Kan.) were arrested on Friday and held on the aforementioned counts.

The coach of the school's football team, Randy Dreiling, was the first person of any authority informed of the possible hazing incident. When he uncovered significant indications that it may have taken place, he reported the incident to school administrators and local police.

As the investigation continues, school officials have remained tight lipped about what punishment, if any, the offending players have been subjected to. The one thing they have affirmed is that it is within the authority of school officials to punish any student athletes accused of hazing.

It seems those punishments may be the least of the worries now facing the Salthawks players who perpetrated the hazing, if the allegations about what transpired hold any truth at all.

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