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Police investigating hazing in Luling High School band

Police investigating a possible sexual assault during a Luling High School band trip uncovered a pattern of hazing among band students over the course of at least four years.

The sexual assault report involved inappropriate physical contact by hands and drumsticks over the victims’ clothes that Luling Police Chief Bill Sala said did not rise to the level of a sexual nature. His investigators instead determined that the actions were hazing, he said.

Investigators found that senior band students were hazing freshmen during band trips after receiving the sexual assault report on Saturday, Sala said.

At least one faculty member witnessed some hazing that took place on an out-of-town trip during the current football season, police said. The faculty member failed to report the incident as required by law, Sala said.

Charges against the faculty member will have to be approved by the Caldwell County district attorney’s office before they could be filed, Sala said.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed against the students involved as the two victims are still considering whether to pursue criminal charges of hazing, which in this case would be a class B misdemeanor because no serious injuries occurred, Sala said.

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