WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (KTLA) — Westlake High School officials are investigating a reportedly violent incident in Hawaii that resulted in the arrest of at least one football player, a school official said Monday.
About 160 students were in Oahu last week to compete against Hawaii schools when the alleged incident happened. At least two students were taken into custody and later released, Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Baarstad told KTLA.
One of the students, a 17-year-old, was booked on suspicion of sexual assault, but Honolulu prosecutors have decided not to file charges.
“On Friday afternoon, apparently, one of the parents went to the police with the allegations of an assault and a potential sexual assault. Two kids were arrested. One was immediately released to a coach and no charges were filed,” Baarstad said.
“A second (player) was held until Sunday and was released to the parents on Sunday, and no sexual assault charges are being filed,” Baarstad said.
Five varsity players were suspended as a result of the incident, which Baarstad described as being “blown way out of proportion.”
When asked about reports of hazing, Baarstad said, “I think the allegation of hazing actually has to do with a freshman teasing one of the senior players that afternoon.”
The freshman “knocked a baseball cap off” the senior’s head, he said.
“What we will continue to do is, we will continue to investigate until we know exactly what happened in that room,” Baarstad said. “Kids may be suspended from several games; they may be suspended from the team, but by the same token, we’re not going to do anything quickly.”
“We want to make sure that we have accurate information and that we take the appropriate steps,” he said.
No criminal charges are expected as part of the alleged incident, Baarstad said.
Westlake High School is located at 100 Lakeview Canyon Road in Westlake Village, about 50 northwest from of downtown Los Angeles.
Correction: An early version of this story erroneously reported that three students were arrested. The district’s superintendent said two students were taken into custody, and both were released. The story has been updated to reflect the change.