4 Students Suspended For A Year Following Hazing Investigation

Photo of David Crockett High School's sign. (Courtesy: WJHL)
Photo of David Crockett High School's sign. (Courtesy: WJHL)

Washington County, TN (WJHL) -Four David Crockett High School student-athletes were suspended for a year on Wednesday, following an investigation into an alleged hazing incident at a football camp over the summer.

According to Assistant Director of Schools and Director of Discipline and Attendance Jim Murphy, the students — all football players at the school — were suspended from Crockett for the rest of the year and will remain in alternative school.

“These young men are good boys, they just did the wrong thing,” said Murphy.

The suspension for the four students also means they cannot take part in any student activities or be on any school campus in Washington County.

For some of these students that means they will be spending their last year of high school in alternative school, as Murphy told us Wednesday afternoon some of those accused are seniors.

While Murphy would not go into any detail about the actual hazing that occurred at the football camp this summer, he would tell us it happened more than once.

“I’m very sure it occurred different times, just probably in incidents of less than a minute. These incidents occurred in situations where they were moving from meals back to the room and from film meetings, back to the building,” said Murphy.

At the beginning of this investigation, the Tennessee Department of Children Services was also involved.

We checked in with them Wednesday afternoon, they say the investigation is still open.

The department could not give us a timeline on when that will be completed.

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