Carmel Basketball Players Disciplined For Hazing

3 Seniors, 2 Freshman Basketball Players Involved

Three Carmel High School basketball players have been punished for hazing two younger teammates, school officials said.

The incident involving three senior students and two freshman students happened during the bus ride home from an away game in Terre Haute on Jan. 22, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.

Principal John Williams said that he couldn't describe what happened, but said it will not be tolerated.

"It was physical. It was bullying that was physical," he said. "There's just no acceptance for it, and we certainly don't accept the fact that this just happens or these are kids. It's dangerous. It's inappropriate. It's harassment."

Williams said the school became aware of the situation when the parent of a student who overheard what happened called administrators on Tuesday.

High school student Ariana Savich said the students involved are great athletes and students, but that what she heard happened was wrong and disgusting.

"We were really shocked," she said. "We know the guys, and it's not something we would expect them to do."

Williams said disciplinary action has been taken against the students involved.

"I think that we've dealt with it with punishing the students who were involved," he said. "We've also had a chance to talk to the team in general about the expectations."

The Carmel Police Department was notified about the situation. Lt. Jeff Horner said although the seniors involved are all 18 years old, no charges have been filed in the case.