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Tamaqua Hazing Hearings Continue Thursday – Special Board Meeting Scheduled for Monday


UPDATE: A previous version did not indicate how many students will be facing the school’s Hearings Committee. It’s been updated. Information in bold.


Members of the Tamaqua Area school board will be presiding over a disciplinary hearing Thursday night as the investigation into an alleged “hazing” incident continues.

Board President Larry Wittig confirmed to us today that the Hearings Committee is meeting tonight. Two students will be before the Hearings Committee Thursday night, Wittig said.  The school has said “several” students received 10 days out-of-school suspension while an investigation is conducted.

Regardless, the school board is convening a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 22 where the full board will likely act on the committee’s recommendation from tonight’s hearing. That meeting is scheduled for 7:30 Monday night.

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Tamaqua “Hazing” Hearings Continue; Special Board Meeting Scheduled for Monday

Earlier this week, the school expelled a high school junior for their role in the alleged “hazing” incident and promised its investigation into the incident that happened back on Nov. 4 is not over. A police investigation into that incident is also underway.

Also earlier this week, we learned a little bit more of what happened two weeks ago at a building Tamaqua Area owns that’s known as the “football house.”

In reality, the “football house” is nothing more than a formerly vacant ranch-style home that was converted to be used as a field house/locker room for Tamaqua Area football players. It’s used to store pads and helmets that don’t fit in lockers at the school.

Whatever happened that night took place after a traditional pre-game football team dinner when several players went back to the “football house”, from the school cafeteria where the dinner was held, to gather personal belongings they’d stored there and head home.


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