Horrific football hazing case shakes NM town

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) _ It was shocking enough when six high school football players were accused of sodomizing six younger teammates with a broomstick during training camp.

But the scandal at Robertson High School in Las Vegas was raised to a whole new level when the coaches were accused of turning a blind eye to the hazing.

Since then, Robertson's head football coach and all five assistants have resigned, and prosecutors are considering charges against adults and youngsters alike.

The incident has turned student against student in the town of 14,000, and subjected some of the school's athletes to lewd taunts from spectators.

School Superintendent Rick Romero says lessons about bullying already a regular part of the elementary school curriculum are planned with students at all grades. High school students will also learn about sexual harassment.