Everyone has heard the expression, “boys will be boys.” Along the same lines, many people give teenagers a certain number of “free passes” for behavior they know won’t fly once they become full-fledged adults. Unfortunately, just because society is often willing to look the other way or otherwise tolerate some questionable behavior, law enforcement doesn’t operate with the same amount of flexibility.
Two high school football players from a San Francisco Bay area high school recently found out the hard way that what they might consider a laughing matter represents a number of criminal charges.
As it turns out, what the two accused may have seen as teenage hijinks the SFPD sees as misdemeanor hazing, battery and false imprisonment. It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s nothing funny about those kinds of charges. Officer Traci Rebiejo told the Contra Costa Times that a third boy may also face arrest this week in relation to these crimes. Being minors, though, the accused and victim’s names are being withheld from the press.
Even more disturbing is the fact that the incident is said to have occurred on school grounds. Allegedly, it was around 7 p.m. on September 17th when the two—possibly three—boys cornered another. The victim was a freshman, though the exact ages of the alleged attackers is not known. Aside from shaving his head, authorities say he was physically harmed other ways too.
At this time, an investigation is still under way, including efforts by the high school, according to principal Eric Dillie.
To some people, this incident may be a reminder of what they experienced, in one way or another, as teenagers. This can make it easy to laugh off such “hazing.” No matter how you look at it, though, the truth is that what these kids are accused of is illegal. Now they need to seek legal representation to safeguard their futures.