Police investigating "inappropriate activity" in Lake Zurich High locker room
Lake Zurich police said they will investigate the reported "inappropriate activity," that may have involved hazing, in a Lake Zurich High School football locker room.
Deputy Police Chief Kevin Finlon said police are investigating even though "no one individually" has filed a police report regarding what occurred in the locker room. Finlon said school administrators informed the school resource officer about the situation, but no report was filed because Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials wanted to investigate it internally.
Finlon could not go into detail of the investigation, and said he was unsure when the investigation would be completed.
Police decided to conduct the independent probe after the Daily Herald reported football players were ordered to sign a student behavior agreement before the school's Nov. 5 state playoff game against Fenwick High School or be prohibited from playing the rest of the 2016 season. The agreement was included in a letter sent to players and parents by District 95 administrators that said team members participated in "inappropriate activity" in the locker room after the team dinners. The letter -- obtained Monday by the Daily Herald -- did not specify what happened, but included several references to hazing.
"The activity was egregious and warrants discipline, including suspension from school activities," the letter stated.
Lake Zurich's head football coach, David Proffitt, and assistant coach Chad Beaver were placed on paid administrative leave just before the Bears playoff game loss Saturday against Fenwick. Other coaches led the team in the playoff game.
Proffitt said Saturday he was on leave for something involving his team, but would not specify what took place.
"It has nothing to do with me personally other than I'm responsible for their actions," he said.
Jean Malek, spokeswoman for District 95, said in an emailed statement Monday that student misconduct is taken seriously and "investigated thoroughly."
Malek said the district informed the school resource officer of the "incident" Oct. 31.
Officials from the Lake County state's attorney's office said they were made aware of allegations Monday and are working with local police to determine what took place.
The District 95 letter noted the "widespread nature of the conduct and the number of students who participated in or had knowledge of the activities and did not report it."
It outlined five conditions for remaining on the team, including prohibiting players from holding partial or whole team meetings without adult supervision, and requiring parents and students to attend a workshop on positive decision making and hazing prevention. Failure to meet any of the conditions would allow the administration to place students on social probation for two months and block their participation in prom, graduation or year-end activities, and the student could be banned from playing football for the school in 2017.
The letter also said the district is imposing a strict no-retaliation policy against a student that could lead to additional discipline.