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Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Football Game Forfeited In Response To Sexually Explicit Act

Nov 6, 2013 11:18 AM

Southampton High School’s varsity football team had to forfeit its last regular-season game last week—apparently because of an incident in the locker room in which two boys held down a third player and pretended to perform a sex act on him.

Although the school district has not specified the nature of the incident, a report by the Southampton Village Police on October 30 confirms what some have suggested was a hazing incident.

According to the report, the incident took place following Mariner football practice on October 30. The report states that two boys, who have not been identified, forcibly held down a third player and rubbed against him in a sexual manner. All subjects were fully clothed during the incident, the report states.

This week, Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina said the incident is under investigation, but he would not classify the event as hazing. He added that the district is actively working with the entire athletic department to ensure that future incidents do not happen.

“We immediately investigated the situation and took the appropriate measures, as far as accountability,” he said. “We are proactively making sure that our locker rooms are safe and that all of our students are treated with dignity.”

Dr. Farina also said that district protocols for locker room supervision are under review. He would not comment on the possibility of student or staff suspensions.

Last week, Southampton High School Principal Brian Zahn said of the forfeit: “What I can tell you is there was an incident reported to us that we are investigating and following up on. Because of the nature of our investigation, we felt it best that we just forfeit that game.”

The district’s website indicates that the district cannot provide details, but does say, “We are investigating and have taken preliminary action on an incident that was brought to our attention Thursday regarding the varsity football program. As a result of our preliminary actions, we were not able to field a complete team for last night’s final game of the season.

“As a district we expect both students and staff to uphold high moral standards and exhibit positive character traits both on and off the field,” the statement continues, adding that the investigation is pending.

Neither the incident nor the forfeit was mentioned at Tuesday night’s Southampton School Board of Education meeting.

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Sounds like this offense crossed way over the line from hazing to bullying to criminal assault and battery, and should be treated as such.
By SusieD (114), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 11:42 AM
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I agree.

Time for the SHV PD to take action, in personal opinion.
By PBR (4946), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 1:37 PM
Hot topic in the NFL this week. It's definitely gotten out of hand imo and really distracts from the purpose of having sports to begin with-- as evidenced from the forfeit of this game.
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Nov 6, 13 2:29 PM
§ 130.55. Sexual abuse in the third degree

A person is guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree when he or she subjects another person to sexual contact without the latter's consent; except that in any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that (a) such other person's lack of consent was due solely to incapacity to consent by reason of being less than seventeen years old, and (b) such other person was more than fourteen years old, and (c) the defendant was ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Nov 6, 13 4:00 PM
Please see comment below, and take the blinders off?

This was NOT a "De Minimis" event.

Force was used.

You may get away with speeding if you don't hit someone. If the speeding causes injury, it will increase your liability usually.
By PBR (4946), Southampton on Nov 7, 13 1:06 PM
and the Tuckahoe parents want their children to go there??
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 6, 13 6:08 PM
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I could tell you stories about Tuckahoe that would raise your hair as well - so be careful!!

This was two teenagers, not all 650+ students.
By Mz. D (3), Southampton on Nov 7, 13 4:05 PM
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Police NOW please. Do no protect these sexual deviants. This harassment has been going on for quite some time with this student. I've had it with the Southampton school bs.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 7:03 PM
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This program has been going down hill for years. Let's put in coaches that have morals and values, not coaches who want to be friends with the children.
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Nov 7, 13 8:31 AM
Police should be involved, the SHS school district handles a lot of things behind closed doors.... that is why things like this get out of hand and kids continue to get away with inappropriate behavior........school administration are enabling these kids and don't even realize it.........
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Nov 8, 13 7:29 AM
This reflects bad on the administration and coaches so they do not want cops involved. This reminds me of Penn State and the cover up they did for athletes.
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Nov 8, 13 8:22 AM
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What... Penn state they covered up for athletes because they were assaulted... Why would they not cover their identities?!? Ignorance
By legendsofaesthetics (2), Southampton on Nov 13, 13 12:25 PM
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