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Maine Township school board calls special meeting on hazing

Updated: December 20, 2012 1:02PM

The Maine Township High School District 207 school board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to take up “a personnel matter” related to allegations of hazing at Maine West High School, officials said.

“There is a personnel item that is related to the Maine West investigation,” district spokesman Dave Beery said Friday after the notice of the meeting was posted. He could not offer more details.

School officials, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office are all investigating allegations that soccer players were hazed. Des Plaines police have charged six teens with misdemeanor battery and hazing.

An agenda posted late Friday indicates the board will go into closed session at the meeting to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, performance, discipline or dismissal of specific employees.”

A lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple alleged victims is calling for the firing of soccer coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez, as well as Maine West High School Principal Audrey Haugan and Supt. Ken Wallace.

Tony Romanucci, the Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit, claims multiple teens were sodomized this year by older players. Another former soccer player who has joined in the lawsuit said he was attacked twice in a similar fashion in 2007.

Police reports indicate Divincenzo knew about some of the hazing incidents and allegedly watched on as one such incident occurred in July.

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