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Brunswick school officials address hazing allegations among student-athletes

The alleged behavior took place on a football team retreat at Thomas Point Beach in August.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Allegations of hazing, harassment, and bullying by Brunswick High School football players have surfaced.

Brunswick Superintendent Philip Potenziano initially said the alleged behavior took place during a team retreat in August at Thompson's Point in Portland, but he later clarified it was at Thomas Point Beach Campground in Brunswick.

In a letter Thursday to parents, Potenziano wrote, "We cannot stress enough that any retaliation, bullying, harassment, or other attempt to threaten or intimidate anyone, to pressure someone about what to say or not say, to shun someone for participating in the investigation, or to interfere in the investigation in any way whatsoever will not be tolerated."

"Playing sports for Brunswick High School is a privilege, not a right; I expect our student-athletes to always act appropriately and with character and integrity, not only on our athletic fields and competitions but also in school and in the community," Potenziano said in an email to NEWS CENTER Maine.

He declined to release details citing an investigation into a violation of school rules.

NEWS CENTER Maine also obtained a copy of talking points from a meeting held by administrators, coaches, and the team saying that players have their coaches' full support to speak up and cooperate with investigators. 

 In another letter Friday, Potenziano said the varsity team's homecoming game against Lawrence High School would be canceled due to the allegations. 

"Although this is a decision no school system wants to have to make, the administrative team and I felt that this was the right decision in light of the seriousness of the alleged violations of our school conduct rules," Potenziano wrote.

All other sports' homecoming games will take place as scheduled. 

Read Potenziano's full letter on the allegations below: