- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Four teens have been arrested on assault charges after an incident in the locker room of a private Cincinnati school’s freshman football team.

Authorities said the four former players were each charged Friday with felonious assault. They were earlier suspended from school for five days and dismissed from the team, after authorities said a 14-year-old student was struck in the groin with a cleat and one player then stuck his exposed buttocks in the same teammate’s face Oct. 9. Other details weren’t released.

Archbishop McNicholas High School said in a statement to parents that the matter is now in the hands of the juvenile court system.

“The police investigation into the recent locker room incident at McNicholas High School appears to be complete,” the school’s statement said.

The four students were released to parents after their arrests by Cincinnati police and are due in court Nov. 14. They had returned to school Thursday after completing their suspensions.

A high school in suburban Philadelphia recently canceled the rest its football season over reported hazing, following a decision by a New Jersey school to cancel its season for similar reasons.

Spokesman Dan Andriacco of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said there had been no indication that such behavior had gone on before at McNicholas.

“I know that any kind of pattern of this type of culture at the school or on the sports teams has not been reported to any McNicholas administration,” Andriacco told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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