"An assistant football coach at Milford High says he was unjustly terminated for reporting an incident of what he called ‘hazing’ among football players in the boys’ locker room. Pat Cornelius said Thursday he was told he was being fired as an assistant coach on Oct. 14, the same day he said he saw a senior player physically intimidating a freshman player, in a bathroom stall in the boys’ locker room at the high school. “Honestly, it was hazing,” Cornelius said.
Cornelius, who said he reported the incident to the athletic director, said he saw perhaps 25 or 30 freshmen players, all lined up, when he entered the locker room. The boys were all facing a stall. When Cornelius approached, and said “What’s going on?” the stall door opened and a freshman player emerged.”He had a stunned look on his face,” Cornelius said. Inside the stall was a senior member of the football team, sitting on the toilet, Cornelius said. The assistant coach said the freshman was fully clothed, but the other player had “his pants down.” The activity did not appear sexual, he said, but instead it looked as if the freshman had been forced to watch the other player go to the bathroom. “I didn’t know what it was. I lost it,” said Cornelius, an assistant coach for the past four years. Cornelius said he then yelled at all of the team members, and swore as well.
The school administration would later punish two of the varsity football players who allegedly participated in the incident; the players were temporarily suspended from game play.The Milford Schools superintendent, Robert Tremblay, has described the incident as inappropriate “rough-housing.” “Doing stupid things doesn’t necessarily equate to hazing,” O’Loughlin said. “Is it stupid? Is it gross? Yes. Is it brutal treatment” . . . from the standpoint of something that “could lead to death? I don’t think it rises to that level.” Tremblay acknowledged the assistant coach who witnessed the incident was dismissed from his at-will position, but said it was because he reacted inappropriately in the manner in which he “yelled” at the players." (More)