The Warren Police Department is investigating hazing allegations at De La Salle Collegiate High School.

The Warren Police Department is investigating hazing allegations at De La Salle Collegiate High School.

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Warren Police Department investigating hazing allegations at De La Salle

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 4, 2019


WARREN — Hazing allegations that prompted officials at De La Salle Collegiate High School to end the football season on the eve of the state playoffs have resulted in an investigation by the Warren Police Department.

“We worked the weekend and we’re thoroughly investigating the allegations,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “We’re interviewing over 30 people, including the football team, and we’re going to determine exactly what happened.”

According to a release from De La Salle on Oct. 31, school officials became aware of an alleged hazing issue involving the football team earlier in the week, prior to their Nov. 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff game against Birmingham Groves. The decision was announced after an initial investigation, which the release said revealed the alleged hazing had “deeper roots, and is more pervasive than originally thought.”

Dwyer said De La Salle President John Knight and the school’s vice president met with investigators at the Warren Police Department on Nov. 1. The department’s official inquiry began after that meeting and remains ongoing. 

In a statement from De La Salle, Knight said the school upholds the values of human dignity, good sportsmanship and respect for all.

Classes were canceled at De La Salle on Nov. 1 as the result of a reported threat on social media. Dwyer said the threat had nothing to do with the hazing allegations and that it apparently originated in another community in metro Detroit. 

Also on Oct. 31, a 17-year-old student allegedly brought a kitchen knife to the school. Another student reportedly called 911. Police arrived and took the student into custody, and Macomb County prosecutors later charged him with one count of possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, a 93-day misdemeanor.