A police investigation into allegations that Hutchinson High School football players branded other students has concluded there was no evidence that high school coaches condoned the hazing, the school district announced.
Hutchinson USD 308 on Monday posted on its Facebook page a statement from Hutchinson Police Chief Dick Heitschmidt concerning the three-week police investigation after three football players were accused of using a heated wire hanger to brand other students, The Hutchinson News reported.
Three Hutchinson High School football players — two 18-year-olds and a 16-year-old — have been charged with felony aggravated battery in connection with the alleged incidents on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. The two 18-year-olds students are also charged with misdemeanor hazing.
Heitschmidt said in his report that police interviewed 31 people, and that none "made any remarks or even insinuated that any of the coaching staff knew or was in any way aware or involved."
Hutchinson High School Principal Ronn Roehm said he was pleased that the report confirmed what he had known all along.
The district also said in a statement that bullying and hazing are not tolerated, and the district has taken "immediate steps to increase locker room supervision to minimize the opportunity for bullying and hazing to occur."
Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger said she received Heitschmidt's statement Monday.
"I want to stress again that (the district) has no tolerance of hazing or bullying, and we're looking at ways we can be more proactive in limiting bullying in schools," Kiblinger said.