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Andover hazing probe results in expulsions

The investigation into hazing allegations at Andover High School has resulted in the expulsion of two students and the dismissal of at least five others from the boys’ basketball team, according to the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune.

The Eagle-Tribune received a copy of the letter that superintendent Marinel McGrath sent to parents of students at the school, informing them that the investigation into the hazing allegations concluded there were violations that were “both disappointing and disturbing.”

McGrath’s letter reinforced the school’s “zero-tolerance” policy in regards to bullying and hazing. She did not confirm the expulsions, citing privacy laws, and said the school would also “address, separately, the involvement of any Andover Public Schools employees in connection with these allegations.”

The alleged hazing involving the boys’ basketball team took place last summer at an overnight basketball camp conducted by the Hoop Mountain organization on the campus of Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

The Eagle-Tribune reported that nine Andover High players attended the camp and that older students forced two underclassmen to perform humiliating, disturbing acts. Sources told the Eagle-Tribune the two “ringleaders” of the hazing were the ones expelled from the school while others involved received suspensions and would not be able to participate in sports for the rest of the school year.