Hazing of Luling ISD band students investigated by police

(KXAN FIle Photo)
(KXAN FIle Photo)

LULING, Texas (KXAN) — Two freshmen band students in Luling ISD say they were hazed by senior band members.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Luling police received a complaint of a sexual assault on a school bus during an out of town trip earlier in the current football season. Police determined no sexual assault was committed, but the reported incident did reveal a pattern of hazing of freshmen band members during band trips over at least the last four years.

Luling police described the hazing as involving inappropriate physical contact by hands and drumsticks that they do not consider sexual in nature, because nothing passed through the outer clothing of the victims.

Neither of the two victims in the Oct. 15 incident were injured. Authorities say a faculty member on the bus at the time was told of the hazing, but failed to report the incident as required by state law. If investigators determine the faculty member failed to report the incident, the District Attorney’s Office may pursue prosecution on behalf of the state.

Under the Texas Education Code, hazing is classified as a Class B misdemeanor in the absence of serious bodily injury. Punishment ranges up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

There has been no definitive decision by the two victims as to whether or not they will pursue criminal charges, the police department said.

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