Dos Pueblos Baseball Hazing Incident Cited in Lawsuit
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By edhat staff
A lawsuit alleges Dos Pueblos High School baseball players tricked a teammate into eating a contaminated doughnut during a sponsored spring break trip, reports KEYT News.
The lawsuit was filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court last month claiming that while on in Rancho Cucamonga last March, two boys collected foreign substances from members of the team into a cup to "lather it onto a doughnut." At least seven former members of the baseball team tricked a teammate into eating the doughnut that had been contaminated with "a potentially harmful foreign organic substance from their own bodies."
The plaintiff in the lawsuit allegedly took bites of the doughnut without realizing what had been done to it.
The lawsuit continues to claim there were multiple hazing events during the trip at an Ontario hotel and that coaches and chaperones were out drinking instead of enforcing bed checks and curfew.
KEYT reports the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office was contacted to avoid any potential conflict of interest as the Goleta high school's resource deputy is also the head baseball coach. The Sheriff's Office conducted interviews and handed the case to the County District Attorney's Office and also the Ontario Police Department. All decided not to file criminal charges.
The case came up again in February when the Sheriff's Office reconducted interviews after learning two of the former players had told teammates not to cooperate with the original investigation. The District Attorney's Office decided again not to file criminal charges, reports KEYT.
The plaintiff wants to be financially compensated, according to the April lawsuit, for emotional distress that stem from the incident. The Santa Barbara Unified School District and members of the baseball team allegedly involved in the incident are listed as defendants.