Civil case over alleged hazing at La Vernia ISD postponed

Case postponed due to health of plaintiff's attorney

LA VERNIA, Texas – A civil case filed by the parents of the alleged victim of hazing at La Vernia High School has been postponed due to the health of the plaintiff's attorney.

The parents of an unnamed student filed the lawsuit in April against the La Vernia Independent School District over their son’s alleged hazing while he was on the football team.

The La Vernia ISD, Superintendent Jose Moreno, high school Principal Kristen Martin, former athletic director and head coach Brandon Layne, athletic director Richard Hinojosa, athletic director Chris Taber, head coach Scott Grub and coach Keith Barnes were all named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claimed hazing and other incidents occurred in academic years 2015-2017, and has been part of the football team’s culture for at least 10 years.

The lawsuit described a "pervasive rape culture" within the football program and claimed the school district, administrators and staff did not protect the victims at the center of the alleged incidents.

Several arrests were made in connection with the allegations. There was no word when and if the civil case would resume.

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