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â€œWe feel the schoolâ€™s action was appropriate and we donâ€™t feel any criminal charges are necessary,â€ Police Detective Lt. Richard Light added.
In the wake of the hazing incident, which officials have continued to decline to describe, School Superintendent Mary A. Czajkowski placed four of the districtâ€™s football coaches on paid leave and suspended four football players for 10 days.
â€œIâ€™m hopeful as a community and a school system we can move beyond this,â€ Czajkowski said following the announcement from the district attorneyâ€™s office. â€œCertainly, we have all learned lessons from this.â€
The school superintendent said she plans to meet with students and parents involved in the matter as well as with coaches, Dave Stratton, the athletic director Steven Lemanski, the school principal to start the healing process. Czajkowski declined to detail the incident, saying it would not be helpful for the community or the students involved and that it clearly met the definition of hazing under the state statute.
The school superintendent had considered canceling the football teamâ€™s traditional Thanksgiving game with rivals West Springfield High School, but decided there would be enough coaches to keep students safe and enough team members left to play the game.
Despite a rousing pep rally at Agawam High School Wednesday, the football team lost to West Springfield High School 20-0.
Czajkowski has said the incident involved seven students as victims and was very clearly hazing though it did not involve physical or mental injuries. She characterized it as â€œa situation that went beyond towel-whipping.â€