Fourth RHS student suspended for year

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By David Giuliani

A fourth Robertson High School football player has been placed on suspension for the rest of the year in connection with alleged hazing, a hearing officer decided Wednesday.

A day earlier, the officer, June Romero, issued the same penalty for three other players after holding hearings throughout the day.

The hearings for two other players have been delayed.

The suspensions were based on a recommendation by Robertson Principal Richard Lopez. Officials said the six players violated school policy by attacking teammates more than a couple of weeks ago during a football camp at Western Life Camp, which is 15 miles northwest of Las Vegas in Gallinas Canyon.

State police have been investigating the alleged hazing. Officers are looking into an allegation that the players sodomized at least one of their teammates with a broomstick.

Head coach Ray Woods and his staff have been placed on paid leave, and officials say a decision on their fate will be made soon.

Athletic Director Mike Yara was also placed on leave, but he returned to work this week, with officials saying he handled the hazing matter appropriately.