Five members of a high school football team in Brentwood could face criminal charges because of a hazing incident.
All five of the Liberty High School students have been kicked off the team after they violated a school and team rule.
At Liberty High School Thursday, practice went on as usual as players prepared for their upcoming season, but the team was missing four seniors and one sophomore.
Last week, the team's coach kicked the five players off the team for hazing three junior varsity players.
"We looked into the incident and we interviewed some of the students involved," said Patrick Walsh, Liberty High School principal. "The coach decided to take team disciplinary action against the students involved."
Brentwood police said the five young men applied Icy Hot to inappropriate areas of the three junior varsity athletes at a football camp at California State University, Sacramento.
CSU Sacramento police are handling the investigation.
"It happened during the summer at a summer camp," Walsh said. "It wasn't when school was in session so we're not taking school disciplinary action."
The school will provide support and counselors for the three victims, but one parent said that's not enough.
"My daughter plays soccer and if it happened on the soccer field, I would absolutely be irate about it," said Cindy Hughes. "It's not tolerable. It's not OK."
Some students said they feel that punishment doesn't fit the crime and the school should allow the players to come back.
"I think it was just a minor prank and they took it too seriously," said Zach Stellini, a freshman at Liberty High School. "(The junior varsity players) should have expected it because varsity players do pranks."
But Walsh defended the action, saying the school doesn't tolerate hazing or bullying.
"There's no place for it in school or athletics," Walsh said.
The case is now in the hands of the CSU Sacramento police department. If charges are filed, the students could be charged with a misdemeanor and receive probation.
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