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Hazing probe finds no wrongdoing by Torrington


A state investigation has cleared school officials of any wrongdoing in connection with alleged hazing by members of Torrington High School's football team.

The investigation by the Department of Children and Families was in response to reports that four football players were involved in hazing last September. School officials have refused to release details of the allegations but say four varsity team members were suspended for five days and missed two games after a review by Principal Joanne Creedon.

Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Kloczko announced the results of the DCF investigation earlier this week, the Republican-American reported (http://bit.ly/YYK7qN ) in Friday's editions.

It's not clear whether any of the football players involved in the alleged hazing are among the four football team members arrested this year on sexual assault charges involving two 13-year-old girls.

The sexual assault arrests made headlines when supporters of the players taunted the accusers on Twitter. The online comments drew comparisons to the online bullying of a 16-year-old girl raped by members of the Steubenville High School football team in Ohio.

After the high school principal's investigation, Kloczko said she called for outside reviews of the alleged hazing after receiving more information about "behaviors with those associated with the varsity football team." She didn't elaborate.

Kloczko said last fall that outside investigators were looking into a hazing incident in the football team's locker room at the high school. She gave information to DCF and Torrington police.

"I'm thankful that the school was doing what it should be doing," Kloczko said Thursday. "I'm glad we were cleared."

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