Players Will Stay on Team Despite Hazing Incident

Players Will Stay on Team Despite Hazing Incident

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(Layton-AP) -- Layton High football coach Steve Smith pledges to crack down on his players engaging in hazing -- but not this time.

He said two players who allegedly participated in the school's latest hazing incident still will be allowed to play football, he said.

The two were among six juniors suspended after allegedly hitting 15 to 20 sophomore players with paddles in two hazing incidents at private homes February eleventh.

The two players and two non-players have been allowed to return to school. The other two will not return to Layton High. One will not even return to Davis School District.

As for the two football players, Smith said, "They are being punished. I'm not going to punish them twice."

But he said that in the future, if it happens, the kids will not be part of the team.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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