UPDATE – 4:40 p.m. August 20, 2016:
Oakland City Police Chief Alec Hensley tells Eyewitness News the police has learned of allegations of hazing from the 2015-2016 school year. Police will be investigating last year’s team as well.
OAKLAND CITY, INDIANA — Oakland City Police has opened an investigation, looking at possible criminal violations after hazing allegations surfaced surrounding the Wood Memorial football team.
The Wood Memorial football team forfeited its season opener against Princeton Friday due to “unforeseen internal circumstances.”
Oakland City Police Chief Alec Hensley said the investigation will be focused on criminal violations, not school policy violations. School resource officers are working with investigators on the case.
The investigation could take several weeks due to the large number of witnesses that investigators need to talk with, according to Hensley. Police are planning to talk with players and coaching staff, but police are not looking at any of coaches for criminal violations.
Hensley said police are also looking at possible past violations. He said he hopes this was a problem that only recently started and was caught early.
We will continue to follow this story and update it as more information becomes available.