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Decision on Clover hazing expected today

Police, prosecutors and school officials from Clover plan to discuss this morning what action - if any - law enforcement will take in the hazing scandal involving the Clover High School football team.

The hazing rocked Clover schools and the community and led to 13 school suspensions and 10 players' being kicked off the team.

It was unclear Wednesday what action might be taken. Even the mother of one of the three who says he was assaulted by football teammates said she is unsure what authorities will do.

The hazing allegedly included threats, or perceived threats, of assault with a broomstick.

"I don't know what the police plan on doing, but what I do know is my son is still being antagonized at school," said Yelanda McCray. "The last I was told is that all they could charge anyone with was hazing."

Hazing is a criminal misdemeanor under South Carolina law that carries a potential fine and up to a year in jail.

McCray's son and two other players told police they were hazed in what police reports described as allegations of assault. The two other players told police initially it was "routine hazing" at the hands of older football players.

"As a mother, there is nothing routine about what happened," McCray said.

Marc Sosne, Clover schools superintendent, declined to discuss specifics of what will be discussed at a 9:30 a.m. news conference. He said he and representatives from the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office and the York County Sheriff's Office will talk about the hazing incidents.

Efforts to reach police and prosecutors were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

After school officials heard students talking Oct. 3 about hazing by football players, an immediate school probe led to a dual, month-long investigation with the sheriff's office.

On Oct. 7 the school announced 13 players had been suspended from the team and school, and just days later the first-year football coach, John Devine, said the hazing was "bigger than we originally had thought."

School officials said then that older players told them hazing had gone on for years at Clover, but no former coaches or past players have acknowledged any hazing.

Of the 13 suspended players, 10 were involved in hazing, Devine said last month, and three were suspended for not reporting the hazing they witnessed.

The school canceled the junior varsity football season after calling up younger players to replace the suspended players kicked off the team for hazing. Clover has lost each game since.

Check back for live coverage from the press conference.

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