Montwood High School Baseball Team Forfeits Playoff Game Due To Hazing Incident
Montwood High School’s baseball team was set to play in a best-of-three series in Artesia, New Mexico this past weekend. Instead, the team abruptly came home under a cloud of suspicion that involved the alleged hazing of underclassmen by seniors on the team. The Socorro Independent School District confirmed the forfeiture because of player misconduct.
ABC-7 said a police report filed by the Artesia Police Department alleged that the upperclassmen took turns whipping four sophomores with a leather whip on their buttocks while they were staying at the team hotel.
The Artesia police were called by the team's coaching staff, but by the time an officer arrived at the hotel, five of the seven upperclassmen allegedly involved in the hazing had already been taken home by their parents.
Montwood Coach Guillermo Romo confiscated the leather whip.
The parents of the victims did not press charges. The incident remains under investigation.