Two coaches, four students charged in videotaped football hazing
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 24, 2011 10:18PM
Updated: November 26, 2011 8:22AM
Two assistant football coaches and four students at Prosser Career Academy on the Northwest Side have been charged with misdemeanor battery for a hazing incident that allegedly involved the students beating a younger pupil with belts while one of the coaches videotaped the incident, police said Monday.
The hazing happened Oct. 18 on campus, police said.
Coaches Tom Cipriani, 47, and Jonathan Manning, 21, are each charged with battery and endangering the health or life of a child, both misdemeanors, police said. Manning is also charged with another misdemeanor in connection with allegedly videotaping the incident, police said. Neither coach could be reached for comment.
The four charged students are 17 or 18, while the victim is 14, police said.
The coaches have been barred from the school and face discipline, as do the students who were charged.