A shocking sexual assault scandal rocked a small south Texas community in March that occurred in a misguided act of high school hazing. The site of the attack was the locker room of La Vernia High school and involved football players and some basket ball and baseball players. Two teens were of legal age and charged as adults after apprehension.
The gruesome details include some students being held down in locker rooms, with lookouts guarding the doors so that coaches do not witness the assault, while assailants rammed various items into the victim’s rectum, like coke bottles, broom sticks, deodorant bottles, steel pipes, and baseball bats.
Hazing was also reported to have happened last year and may have gone as far back as 2014. These seven juveniles may be removed from their normal classes and be placed in a DAEP, disciplinary alternative education program.
On Monday, La Vernia Independent School District Superintendent José Moreno issued a prepared statement. “I cannot tell you what disciplinary actions have been or will be taken” but they will be “in accordance with the district’s Student Code of Conduct and based upon the information provided by law enforcement officials to date,” he said. Moreno posted a few statements on the La Vernia ISD Facebook page since last Thursday. Mostly, he apprised families of developments and let them know the school district was fully cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation. He assured parents of their children’s safety and underscored the gravity of the situation while advising counselors were available to students at the high school. In a lengthy Sunday post, the superintendent wrote, in part: “The travesty of the events occurring at the La Vernia High School has crushed the spirit of our community. Our most valued beings, our children, are the reason that we live and serve in La Vernia…I ask that we unite and focus on recovering through this challenging time together.” Moreno shared the district will add new protocols for “a clear path of communication” so students can better report concerns, receive counseling, and other services.