***UPDATED at 5:16 P.M. on Wednesday, August 12th***
Allendale, SC – A star high school athlete scouted by major college football programs says he was beaten in a hazing initiation while away at football camp.
Dressed in a red polo shirt, star Allendale-Fairfax High School football player Shakur Chisolm listened as his father explain how his son was a target.
“Every new player that comes to camp is told to be beaten,” said Clifford Chisolm.
Chisolm says he transferred so he could graduate from his father’s alma mater. Chisolm’s lawyers say he left for football camp in Orangeburg for a bonding experience that turned brutal. The lawyers say he was beaten twice last week at the camp, by 15 to 20 teammates at a time.
“These students were pulled from their beds out of a basement, the lights were turned off, and the beatings began,” said attorney Fatima Alexis Zeidan.
Chisolm has withdrawn from the school.
His lawyers are asking for the head coach to resign and they say they plan to file a civil lawsuit.
We asked principal Seneca Baines, “can we ask about the hazing that’s being alleged that happened?” Baines answered, “so we have legal counsel with the law office of Charles S. Boykin, so, please don’t put the camera in my face, sir.”
***UPDATED at 2:41 P.M. on Wednesday, August 12th***
Alendale, SC – A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon on the steps of the Allendale County Courthouse regarding charges of hazing leveled against the Allendale-Fairfax High School football coaching staff.
Running back Shakur Chisholm, who is a rising senior and recent transfer from Barnwell High School, has alleged he was injured during a hazing ritual that was orchestrated by the coaching staff during pre-season camp the week of August 3rd.
Chisholm, his family, and attorneys say, more than 50 boys plus the coaching staff went to training camp in Orangeburg and fifteen to twenty boys were beating transfer and freshman team members at a time. They also allege boxing gloves were given to students by the coaching staff for the “initiation”. This was reportedly not isolated and has happened for several years. There were also allegations that this has become part of the culture.
The beatings reportedly happened at night.
Shakur was said to have escaped a beating and running to a coach’s room and the coach reportedly told him to go back to bed. Shakur allegedly hid in another bedroom until he was found and beaten. The beating was said to have been ended when a teammate came with a stick to break it up.
Shakur allegedly suffered cuts, bruises, scrapes, and gashes and needed medical attention.
The team was allegedly told not to discuss hazing.
Family and lawyers say they tried to meet with school administration and they say they were told they would not meet until their lawyer was present. Lawyers want head coach Eddie Ford to resign immediately. The family says they plan to file a formal complaint Wednesday and they want charges filed against coaches. They say they are not going after students.
The family and attorneys say that a civil lawsuit is coming and they are looking at possible loss of future earnings as s football player for Chisolm, hoping colleges don’t hold this against him.
Our Deon Guillory was at the press conference and he will have more information on the situation during our Wednesday evening newscasts.
***POSTED at 11:47 A.M. on Wednesday, August 12th***
Allendale, SC (WCBD) – A star running back on the Allendale-Fairfax High School football team, Shakur Chisolm, was the reported target of a brutal hazing incident that occurred at a school-sponsored football camp the week of August 3rd.
Chisolm, a rising senior, had recently transferred from Barnwell High School.
According to Chisolm, and confirmed by multiple students present during the hazing, transfer students and underclassmen, including Demitrius Drayton, were beaten by upperclassmen with boxing gloves, belts, and fists in a hazing ritual allegedly orchestrated by the coaching staff.
Chisolm, who has been recruited by Clemson University and other big name college programs, is planning to withdraw from Allendale-Fairfax and will soon decide where he will attend school and whether or not he will play football his senior year.
Chisolm, his parents and their attorneys, along with Drayton and his family, will address the hazing situation and provide more information Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. on the steps of the Allendale County Courthouse, which is located at 292 Barnwell Highway, in Allendale. We are working to be able to live stream address.
Chisolm is represented by attorneys Fatima Zeidan and Justin Bamberg. Bamberg is one of the attorneys representing the family of Walter Scott, the man who was shot in the back and killed by a North Charleston police officer.
Bamberg and Zeidan are asking that a full investigation into the hazing incident be conducted by an independent third party.