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BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick High School has canceled the rest of its football season and fired its head coach following an investigation into a hazing scandal.
In a letter to parents, staff and students Wednesday, Brunswick Superintendent Phillip Potenziano said that head coach Daniel Cooper was no longer affiliated with the athletic department.
The hazing event took place at an overnight team retreat Aug. 16-17 at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick during the preseason, the Portland Press Herald reported.
A report obtained by the Portland Press Herald showed that the investigation was launched on Sept. 2 after school officials were informed that a football player was held down and a sex toy was put into his mouth at the retreat.
It also showed that 36 of 39 rostered players were interviewed as part of the investigation, as were Cooper and other coaches. The report notes that school administrators reviewed texts, emails and other correspondence related to the events at the retreat. Administrators also obtained four brief videos — which were recorded on students’ phones — of the alleged incidents during the retreat, according to the Portland newspaper.
The letter from the superintendent said that due to Cooper’s removal and the removal of players involved in the hazing incident, Brunswick would have to cancel the rest of the season.
Potenziano said he was concerned that the school would not be able to safely field a full football team.
For students who still want to participate in football, the school is determining if they can hold practices or intrasquad scrimmages.
Potenziano says Brunswick High School has partnered with Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine to offer support services to all students.
Brunswick, which competes in Class B North, had three games remaining on its schedule.