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Napa High School Football Hazing Being Investigated as Assault: Police

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    A hazing incident involving Napa High School football players is under investigation, according to police and school district officials. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016)

    A hazing incident involving Napa High School football players is under investigation, according to police and school district officials.

    On Nov. 19, the Napa Police Department received a report of an assault involving multiple Napa High football players. The student-athletes were being accused of holding down teammates and hitting and grabbing them.

    One parent who did not want to be identified was feeling stressed about the incident happening at her daughter's school.

    "We should have been notified," the woman said. "There was an assault in the parking lot on Park Avenue, and they were touching his private areas."

    The woman believes the motive behind the hazing was a freshman player was moved up to the varsity, and the other players were "jealous."

    Police on Tuesday night would only confirm that a member of the team grabbed onto and hit another member of the team.

    As a result of the allegations, the Police Department and the Napa Valley Unified School District launched independent investigations into the incident.

    Police and district officials said student safety is a priority, and because the incident involves juveniles, they would not provide any more details about the case.

    Anyone with information about the alleged assault is asked to contact Detective Garrett Smith at gsmith@cityofnapa.org or 707-257-9375.

    NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

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