De La Salle Students Suspended Amid Hazing Probe Are Back At School

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January 17, 2020 - 12:50 pm

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WARREN (WW/AP) - Three Macomb County high school students who were suspended during an investigation into hazing by football players are back in class.

De La Salle Collegiate — an all boys Catholic school in Warren —  on Thursday released a statement regarding the students' return.

"We adhere to a strict student privacy policy and cannot comment on student discipline or attendance. This has been a learning experience for our school, and we have made corrective actions to ensure the alleged hazing activities never happen again. We hope and pray that our students, parents and the community also take this as an opportunity to learn how to recognize inappropriate behaviors and report them accordingly," the statement read.

Paul Addis, a lawyer who reprising students in lawsuit against the school told the Detroit Free Press that the suit was settled.

One student returned to school Monday while the others were on campus last week, after missing several weeks of school. 

"All the kids are very happy to have them back. They've been embraced by all of their classmates," Addis said. “The parents are good. They're happy that this part is over.”

Warren Police have been investigating allegations that De La Salle players were hazed by other players using broomsticks in the locker room on multiple occasions. 

The school has acknowledged that some type of hazing occurred; and, although findings of a police investigation have been given to prosecutors, no criminal charges have been filed. 

De La Salle disclosed the allegations in October and ended the team's season by forfeiting a playoff game.

Mike Giannone, who won two state championships as De La Salle's coach, is no longer leading the team.

This latest news comes as more than 100 De La Salle parents, alumni and administrators held an emotional meeting at the offices of UAW Local 228 in Sterling Heights Thursday night. 

Some describe the situation in the school district as a "toxic environment,: deriding administrators for a lack of transparency, while others discussed how best to preserve the De La Salle legacy.