NAPA, California – On 11/29/16 the Napa Police Department released information about a preliminary assault investigation involving members of the Napa High School football team. The police investigation was initiated by school staff on 11/19/16. Due to the infancy of the investigation, the need to corroborate statements and facts, and since juveniles were involved, members of the public and media were only provided foundational information about the case.
Today, 11/30/16, investigators have more information that is available for public release. Based on the statements made by those interviewed by law enforcement investigators, it has been confirmed there were multiple assaults in the weeks leading up to the “Big Game” in 2015 and 2016. The “Big Game” is an annual end-of-season football game between the two rival Napa public high school football teams (Napa High and Vintage High).
The exact number of incidents, victim(s) or offender(s) is not yet available. It is believed the assaults were a form of hazing and were isolated to incidents involving a small group of Napa High School football players as victim(s), witnesses, and offender(s). No other Napa High School students were involved. None of the confirmed assaults required emergency medical attention.
Student safety is a priority for the Napa Police Department and the Napa Valley Unified School District. This investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding the case, please contact Detective Garrett Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-257-9375.
MEDIA NOTES: For media school district inquiries, contact Napa Valley Unified School District Representative Elizabeth Emmett at 707-259-7525, x1. Media law enforcement inquiries can be referred to Napa Police Captain Jennifer Gonzales at 707-257-9546.
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