Police Report Details Alleged Hazing Incident That Led to Lake Catholic Forfeiting First Game of Season


Update: Channel 19 got its paws on the police report in the alleged hazing incident that led to Lake Catholic's forfeiture of its first game of the 2016 season.

The incident dates back to July and centers on something called the "atomic sit-up." 

Two football teams were having their summer camps at John Carroll University and staying in the same campus hall when the superintendent of the Madison School District called the John Carroll University Police Department to report a possible hazing incident involving their football team. While JCUPD investigated, officials said they saw a hazing incident on surveillance cameras on the floor where the Lake Catholic team was staying.

The incident, according to statements gathered in the police report, involved two underclassmen who were forced to perform what’s called by one source close to the investigation as an “atomic sit-up.” It's when someone does a sit-up blind folded into the naked buttocks of a player who is squatting. There were two victims and five suspects, and other players in the room, according to reports.

(Original story 8/26/16): Seeing a need to address allegations of hazing during a summer football camp, Lake Catholic High School Principal Robert Kumazec announced that the football team will forfeit its first game of the season. 

Here's the gist: In July, allegations of a "hazing incident" and a subsequent criminal investigation picked up headlines following the school's summer football camp at John Carroll University. It's unclear what exactly occurred, but around that time Kumazec sent a letter to parents, saying: "It is my responsibility to inform you that there is a possibility that your son may have captured inappropriate pictures and/or video involving nudity and/or partial nudity [during the football camp]."

Fast-forward to late August, and, as the Morning Journal reports, the school administration and football coaching staff have decided to issue a stack of one-game suspensions to a number of players. “Consequently," Kumazec writes, "the team is unable to field a squad sufficient in number to play this Saturday’s home game against Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School. Lake Catholic has notified Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School of its intent to forfeit the game."

The game was scheduled for this weekend, on Aug. 27.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.