Montgomery High School is forfeiting its varsity football game set for Friday against Huntsville High School as the investigation into possible hazing continues, Montgomery ISD said in a statement released Monday.
“MISD takes all allegations of hazing involving student extracurricular orgs very seriously. Following a recent investigation into allegations of violations of the MISD Athletic Code of Conduct by student athletes, MHS’s varsity FB game scheduled for Oct 11 will be forfeited,” the district said in a statement posted to Twitter and Facebook Monday afternoon.
Montgomery played last Friday — the day the investigation was turned over to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office — at A&M Consolidated and lost 41-21. The forfeit against Huntsville will drop the Bears to 1-5 overall on the season. Within District 10-5A (Div. II) play, their record will fall to 0-3. Last season, Montgomery finished 5-6 overall with a 5-2 record against 10-5A (Div. II) opponents.
It is unclear if Montgomery’s next game against Cleveland on Oct. 18 is still scheduled.
Huntsville coach Rodney Southern said his team is currently looking for an opponent to replace Montgomery for this week but is unsure if it is possible considering the lack of teams' availability in October.
There was an informational meeting last Wednesday with parents that included Montgomery football coach John Bolfing, MISD athletic director Clint Heard, Montgomery High School principal Brandi Hendrix, MISD police chief Marlon Runnels and MISD superintendent Beau Rees. As previously reported in the Conroe Courier, it was at this meeting that parents learned that the incident was reported to the district through its Montgomery Bear Helpline.
The investigation was turned over from the Montgomery ISD Police Department to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office last week.
“On September 30, 2019, Montgomery Independent School District (ISD) Police began a preliminary criminal investigation into an alleged hazing incident that involved numerous Montgomery ISD students at an off-campus private residence,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. “On October 4, 2019, Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office met with Officers from the Montgomery ISD Police Department to coordinate the transition of the investigation. Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office as well as the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office for review. At this time, we have no further information to release.”
The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting Friday morning at 8 a.m. and will go in executive session “to deliberate a case involving discipline of a public school child,” according to the meeting agenda, which has been posted on the district website. Following executive session, the board will return to the public meeting to “take any action deemed necessary upon discussion in the closed session.”
The public meeting will be held at the MISD Education Support Center, 20774 Eva St in Montgomery.
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