JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The parents of two boys who say they were punched during high school baseball hazing rituals say they're being victimized again — this time because they aren't being allowed to play sports after switching schools.
Both boys were 15 at the time of the alleged abuse last year at Picayune Memorial High School.
State rules prevent high school students from switching districts just to play sports. But the parents of these boys say they changed schools to escape hazing.
The Mississippi High School Athletic Association ruled them ineligible to play sports. One boy's new school, Pearl River Central, had to forfeit 15 basketball games because he had been on the team.
MHSAA says the students were ineligible because it couldn't determine hardships existed for them to transfer under its guidelines.