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Half of Catholic high school's lacrosse team is suspended for hazing pledges and underage drinking at off-campus gathering

 Half of the members of a lacrosse team at an an elite $20,000-a-year Cleveland Catholic high school has been suspended following an off-campus party that involving underage drinking and hazing.

Saint Ignatius High School, in Cleveland, confirmed that 17 out of 35 team members of the varsity lacrosse team have been suspended following accusations of conduct 'unbefitting of St. Ignatius student-athletes.' 

Following the suspensions the team was pulled from a MSCLA Tournament scheduled for this weekend, the private school confirmed.     


Saint Ignatius said the suspensions followed an investigation into the the gathering that confirmed the team members engaged in underage drinking and hazing. 

St. Ignatius (pictured) is an all-boys Jesuit college-preparatory school located in Ohio City with more than 1,500 students.

St. Ignatius (pictured) is an all-boys Jesuit college-preparatory school located in Ohio City with more than 1,500 students.

17 out of 35 team members of the St. Ignatius High School varsity lacrosse team (pictured) have been suspended allegations of underage drinking and hazing at an off-campus gathering

17 out of 35 team members of the St. Ignatius High School varsity lacrosse team (pictured) have been suspended allegations of underage drinking and hazing at an off-campus gathering


St. Ignatius is an all boys Jesuit college-preparatory school located in Ohio City with more than 1,500 students. 

The school did not confirm specific details regarding the hazing techniques but said that no students were in physical danger. 

'Hazing activities vary in severity and exist along a continuum,' the school said in a statement released on Thursday. 'While the behavior at the gathering was grossly inappropriate, at no time was the physical safety of a student at risk.'

The school said that the gathering went against school values.  

'These are serious violations of school policy and are contrary to our values as a community, and will not be tolerated. The care, safety and well being of our students are always our top priority.' the school said.   

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