Charges Dropped Against School Leaders In Broomstick Hazing Case

Prosecutors have dismissed misdemeanor charges against school officials in a hazing in which high school football players were sodomized with a broomstick in New Mexico.

Four officials at Robertson High School were charged with failing to report child abuse after the hazing last year. The officials included the superintendent, athletic director and two former coaches.

But District Attorney Donald Gallegos says he dropped the charges because the law under which they were charged did not apply. He says the duty to report child abuse applies when it's at the hands of a parent, guardian or custodian, not another child.

Six football players were charged in the hazing.

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