Belvidere football coach returns to sidelines after hazing probe

Staff Report

Belvidere High School football coach Chuck Leonard will be return to the sidelines Monday, Oct. 20, after being placed on leave last week.

Leonard was suspended indefinitely after allegations of abuse were brought against the team in what has been called a hazing incident that took place in August. While details of the incident have not been released, three members of the team were arrested in class Friday and charged with aggravated battery. The players have been released to their parents.

The arrests were made after an investigation by the school district and Belvidere Police Department. Because the players are juveniles, their identities are being withheld.

Belvidere (4-4) defeated Rockford East 46-18 Friday, Oct. 17. The team faces Boylan (5-3) this Friday at home.

 

2 thoughts on “Belvidere football coach returns to sidelines after hazing probe

  • October 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    That is it!!! Arrested and placed in parent’s custody? IF school districts REALLY want hazing to STOP, then the entire team must forfeit the entire football season. THEN, coaches will INSTILL in the players that HAZING IS NOT TOLERATED!! But as you can see, the boys got slapped on the wrists and returned to their parents. Hazing will continue in Belvidere UNTIL the school district makes drastic changes!! It happens in other schools too but they just haven’t been caught YET!

    • October 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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      Agree. They were not just released to their parents they were allowed to play and be on the field and represent their school something that is supposed to be a privilege!

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