The head coach of the Elk River High School football team says he feels terribly about the hazing incident that led to the suspensions of several players.
Coach Mike Cross spoke for the first time about the incident on Friday. He says the coaches also appreciate the district’s efforts to eliminate hazing in the schools.
He also says no Elk River coach was involved with the incident nor could have reasonably expected it would happen.
The incident happened in August, when police say several football players were held down by teammates and poked in the buttocks with the handle of a broom or mop. The players were clothed and wearing football pads.
The school board voted to boot four players from the team, suspend three others for four games and two for one game each.