Calls for Danvers community leaders to step down are mounting amid an alleged attempt to cover up fanatic locker room behavior by the 2019-2020 varsity high school hockey team.
At a controversial Danvers school committee meeting on Monday evening, community members questioned why nothing had been done since a hockey player first reported being abused about a year ago. year and a half.
A Boston Globe article published over the weekend accused city officials of covering up the alleged misconduct of the team, whose coach was a prominent Danvers police sergeant. He denied knowing about the incident and has since resigned.
Some of this “behavior” was physical, during what is reported as weekly locker room hazing rituals, The Globe reported. There was also reportedly offensive language traded over group texts, referring to the Holocaust and mocking an image of a Black Danvers High student, suggesting he was being lynched. .
Three investigations have been carried out, school committee members said on Monday, but no one has been held responsible for the alleged misconduct. During the meeting’s public comment period, there were calls to change this, including repeated calls for Superintendent Lisa Dana to step down.
“Hockey players are young. They make mistakes. Things are happening. But what I think these kids really deserve is a fresh start. A few adults in this room need to take responsibility. Give these kids the second chance they deserve, be honorable and step down. It’s embarassing.”
The committee is scheduled to hold another executive session on Monday to discuss the motion to remove the superintendent from her position.