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Westfield (Mass.) Football Coach Rocco Fernandez resigns: 22 I-Team Report

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The I-Team discovered through emails, a parent described the incident as a football player allegedly showing his “private parts” to a younger player, and Fernandez confirmed this. Two players were disciplined, but after an investigation, the school decided it was not hazing.

The I-Team obtained dozens of emails between Fernandez, the high school principal and athletic director. The emails show that the victim’s mother originally called this hazing and brought it to the coach’s attention, which led to the school’s investigation.


By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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