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High school coach resigns after three football players violate 14-year-old boy with broomstick on ‘No Gay Thursday’

A school investigation will determine "whether or not code of conduct violations occurred."

A school investigation will determine "whether or not code of conduct violations occurred."

Following the sexual assault of a freshman, a high school football coach has resigned.

On Thursday, Philadelphia‘s Tredyffrin/Easttown School District released a letter announcing coach John Vogan’s resignation, according to Philadelphia TV station WPVI.

Earlier this month, three senior football players at a suburban Philadelphia high school stood trial for the crime.

District Attorney Tom Hogan said the three 17-year-old students at Conestoga High School held down a 14-year-old boy on Oct. 15 and assaulted him with a broom handle.

The three are being charged as juveniles with assault and other crimes.

Hogan says the 14-year-old was arrogant about being on the varsity team as a freshman and other players didn’t like it.

He says the assault occurred after underclassmen were told to strip to their underwear and clean the team locker room.

The prosecutor says the 14-year-old stripped to his boxers, but when he decided he wanted no further part of it, he was attacked.

According to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, the freshman Conestoga High School student screamed in pain as the three seniors assaulted him.

While hazing is considered a crime in Pennsylvania, it’s only considered a crime in colleges — not high schools.

John Vogan was promptly suspended from all duties once charges were announced.

An ongoing investigation will “determine whether or not code of conduct violations occurred, the awareness and level of supervision provided by the coaching staff, and what further measures can promote inclusive and respectful behavior,” wrote Superintendent Richard Gusick on the district’s website.

Depending on the outcome, the three students will face “firm but fair consequences.”

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