Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Parents of students at Maine Township High School are finally being provided with information on the investigation into the Maine West High School hazings.
The report was prepared by the law firm Hinshaw and Culbertson, which was hired by District 207 in January to look into allegations of hazing within the boys soccer and baseball teams.
The report found that employees and administrators responded appropriately when first notified of the allegations last September.
However, Antonio Romanucci, attorney for the plaintiffs in the Maine West suit, released a statement Thursday saying the report falls flat.
Romanucci says the report falls short. "The findings and conclusions of this report fail to shed light on the true issue in this case which is why employees at Maine West High School failed to take any action to prevent the vile hazing rituals and abuse to underclassmen at Maine West High School for at least five years."
He says the report is missing any mention of Principal Audrey Haugan and soccer coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez not reporting the ongoing abuse. Romanucci says all three failed to report the hazing to DCFS, which is required by state law.
"We take issue with the District failing to hire investigators to look into the vicious hazing that occurred in 2007 and thereafter," Romanucci said. "We take issue with the fact that it took a civil lawsuit and a criminal investigation for the District to conduct an investigation relative to the allegations set forth in lawsuit brought on behalf of four different families."
Two coaches were fired and six team members are facing misdemeanor charges as a result of the hazing allegations.
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