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Victims in Lake Catholic hazing incident do not wish to prosecute

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

An incident reported to John Carroll University Police will keep a northeast Ohio football team off the field.

Lake Catholic High School in Mentor has forfeited Saturday's game against Toledo St. John following disciplinary actions on numerous members of the school football team following a hazing incident that was reported in July to John Carroll University Police. The alleged incident happened during a football camp on the campus on July 11 and reported July 27, according to the police report. 

"As a result of its investigation into the recent allegations of hazing, Lake Catholic High School has determined that certain disciplinary action, in accordance with the school’s policies and Student Code of Conduct, is necessary to address this serious issue," said a statement released by the school. "As part of this disciplinary action, the school has issued a one-game suspension to a number of players on its varsity football team."

Due to the suspensions, the school was forced to forfeit Saturday's game. 

Several from both teams talked about it on social media. There's disappointment.

Tyler T. ‏from St. John's tweets: "I had family fly in from Florida and Pittsburgh just to see me play for the first time."

The head football coach at Toledo St. John's tweeted: "Mandatory Team Meeting at 7:56 am in McQuade theater tomorrow. Lake Catholic is forfeiting the game. We still need to meet."

"Lake Catholic High School strives to create a truly Catholic environment in which all students are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as children of God," the statement said. "As such, Lake Catholic does not tolerate actions by its students or staff members which are contrary to our Catholic values and character."

According to the University Heights Police Department, the victims' parents do not wish to prosecute. Department representatives say the report will be closed and no further action will be taken at this time by University Heights police.

Police report 

One student and her mother said they knew the boys were very upset about the forfeit. They said with the cheerleaders and other fall sports teams not getting a pep rally, it's unfair to the whole school.

A former worker at the school, Mary Nicoletti, agrees with school officials, however.

"I think it's the way to go. Got to learn from the beginning, if you're going to make mistakes and cause other people to live in discomfort, that's not a good thing," Nicoletti said.

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