Friday afternoon, the Superintendent for Crestwood Local Schools, David Toth, announced that he was suspending the high school football program until further notice.
The announcement was effective immediately — meaning that Friday evening's game against Mogadore was canceled — and came with no elaboration, other than that the Mantua Village Police Department was investigating an "incident."
Mantua Police confirmed that they were looking into the incident in a public message later Friday.
"The department at this time has opened a fact-finding investigation looking into allegations made to determine if criminal acts have occurred, and to what level, and to whom," the department posted. "This investigation is ongoing and the School District has been cooperating completely."
As of Monday morning, no new details had emerged. Mr. Toth's Executive Secretary said she knew nothing, and that details would be posted as the school district received them. Toth told
Portage County's Record-Courier
that all members of the football program would be interviewed by the administration and that only Friday's Mogadore game had been officially canceled.
Rumors of hazing and bullying were circulating all weekend on social media. Some have said that a "group of seniors" beat up multiple Freshmen. Channel 19 posted
rumors about "players on the football team beating up a band member."
"If the nasty rumor floating around Portage County is true," one Facebook post read, "[David Toth] has the opportunity to stand up against bullying and make a point to the children he is responsible for that they will never forget. Cancel the rest of the season and there's a great chance that someone will speak out next time they know a teammate is doing something wrong."
Friday evening's game was to have been Mogadore's homecoming. Mogadore Coach Matt Adorni said he does not yet know whether his undefeated team will be credited with the win.