Lake Zurich school officials investigating ‘egregious’ hazing incident

LAKE ZURICH -- School officials are investigating a hazing incident involving Lake Zurich High School football players a couple of weeks ago that's being described as "egregious" in nature.

Several Lake Zurich football players were suspended from play, and head coach David Proffitt and assistant coach Chad Beaver were barred from the sidelines during the school's playoff loss to Fenwick last Saturday. Both coaches are now on paid administrative leave.

Lake Zurich School District Superintendent Dr. Kaine Osburn said they have already started their own internal investigation into the incident, but exactly what happened remains unclear. Officials refused to discuss details, citing privacy concerns.

Players and parents were required to sign a pledge from the district promising to refrain from such behavior in the future, and to agree to other measures including sensitivity classes on hazing prevention, and performing 10 hours of community service by next spring. If a student athlete fails to comply then being barred from extracurricular activities such as prom and would not be allowed to play any sport moving forward.

"We responded in a way that we thought addressed the issue proactively," Osburn said.