CLOVER (AP) — Two lawsuits accusing some York County school district employees of covering up hazing in the Clover High School football locker room has been dropped.
The lawsuits had followed incidents last fall in which 13 varsity football players were suspended amid allegations that three players, ages 14, 15 and 17, had been hazed, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.
The incidents took place on three days in September, 2011, after class and before practice started.
After a sheriff’s investigation, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant and prosecutor Kevin Brackett characterized the allegations as “horse play.”
The families of the 14-year-old and the 17-year-old sued, saying the teens were bullied, beaten and hazed by older players. The lawsuits alleged that school employees helped the attackers cover up what happened.
The lawsuits had named more than 20 defendants, including the school superintendent, the school board, the principal, the former football coach and several of the attackers.
The lawsuits were dropped after the families’ attorney, Richard Breibart of Lexington, was suspended from practicing law amid a federal investigation.
Breibart was arrested last month and charged with taking about $1 million from client whom he convinced to pay for legal representation in phony cases. A federal indictment charged him with mail fraud, extortion and having money illegally wired to his accounts. He has pleaded not guilty.
The lawsuits could be filed again.
–––Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com