|Hazing Incedent Involving Four Chapel Hill Middle School Boys Result in Charges|
The Marshall County Sherriff's Department is investigating a hazing incident that occurred two weeks ago at Forrest Middle School in Chapel Hill. Three seventh and eighth grade student-athletes are facing criminal assault and indecent assault charges. The incident allegedly took place while the students, members of the school's football program, were supposed to be working out.
In a published statement from Jackie Abernathy, Director of Marshall County Schools, "The students involved in the hazing incident have been suspended from all school activities pending the outcome of a police investigation." A fourth student, who witnessed and reported the alleged incident, has been cleared of any charges.
Marshall County Sherriff's Department investigators said that the three students have admitted their complicity in the assault, according to the lead investigator, Detective Tony Michols. Detective Jimmy Oliver, who is assisting on the case, said that the attack was also reported by a parent of the victim.
The three boys being charged int he case will appear in Marshall County Juvinile Court on Monday, July 22nd.