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Northbridge football players accused of hazing

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NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. -

Police are looking into allegations that four junior members of the Northbridge High School football team hazed a freshman on the team at a practice earlier this month.

Police said the older students assigned the younger boy a physical task on Aug. 19 which he failed to complete, then pressured him to drink from a jug of urine.

The boy took a sip and spit it out, according to the police report.

However, Principal Michael Gauthier said another student took the container away before it was consumed.

The student has told police he does not want to press charges.

School committee Chairman Tim Doiron says the case will be investigated and handled in accordance with district policy and state law.

The school superintendent said in a statement, "it is unfortunate that this hazing incident has occurred. It does not reflect the true nature of the Northbridge schools. We stress respect and good sportsmanship in all our programs and are proud of the maturity, responsibility and sensitivity of our students."

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