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Pierz athletes suspended

PIERZ - Five Pierz Healy High School basketball players were suspended from school for three days after a reported hazing incident.

Superintendent George Weber said Wednesday that the Pierz boys' basketball team was on the way home from a game in Maple Lake when one of the players reported that he was inappropriately touched and he felt violated. The male student was not touched sexually.

Weber said the five students were suspended Monday through Wednesday and they will return to school Thursday. Weber said the boys will not be able to play in any basketball games for two weeks.

Weber said school officials have been talking with high school students about inappropriate behavior and making sure that the students don't hold any animosity and that they are supportive of each other.