Stephen Ellison

School District, Police Continue Probe Into Napa High Football Hazing

The Napa Police Department and Napa Valley Unified School District on Wednesday continued their investigations into an alleged assault involving Napa High School football players.

Police said they are interviewing witnesses and trying to identify possible offenders and victims stemming from a hazing incident on school grounds Nov. 19. But they have few details on what took place.

None of the alleged assaults required emergency medical attention, they said.

The incident took place in the lead-up to the school's Big Game against rival Vintage High, school district officials said. The school district said it has a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying and hazing.

"We don't allow it in our schools," the district said.

On Nov. 19, Napa police 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.

Napa High Principal Annie Petrie addressed the incident Wednesday in a letter to parents, saying  "We have no reason to think that there is any ongoing threat to our students. The level of misinformation is growing, and I ask you to refrain from speculating or sharing rumor. It doesn’t help the investigation and it hurts our kids. Please emphasize this point with your child as well."

The letter went on to say, "We absolutely will not accept any retaliation, gossip or cyberbullying arising from this investigation, and anyone who participates is subject to consequences from NVUSD and perhaps even the Police Department."

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

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

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