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Investigation Sought In Hazing

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A Vermont school board has voted to seek an independent investigation into whether the school district mishandled complaints about hazing allegedly involving members of the high school football team.

The Burlington Free Press reports the vote by the Milton School Board on Monday comes after more than 260 people signed a petition asking for the investigation.

Five men ranging in age from 18 to 20 have been accused of hazing in 2011 and 2012. Court documents accuse them of holding the initiations at homes and at the high school

The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations began investigating the incidents in April after a report was made to the Department for Children and Families.

The five have pleaded not guilty.

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