St. Patrick-St. Vincent Football Coach Fired Weeks After Reporting Sexual Hazing

The coach was not involved with the hazing, but the principal said he bears responsibility because he was the person in charge at the time.


After an investigation into recent sexual hazing incidents, five St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School football players were expelled and the coach who reported their activity was fired

That coach -- Chris Cerbone -- was not at all involved with the hazing, but Principal Mary Ellen Ryan said in a statement that he bears responsibility because he was the person in charge when the incidents took place, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald

Let us know if you agree below. 

Cerebone reported the sexual hazing to his supervisor (Ryan) shortly after students told him what had happened. According to a quote in the Times-Herald:

"...On certain Thursdays when the coaches were not around that several varsity players would hold down certain freshman (sic) while the varsity player pulled his own pants down and either made the freshman player stick his face into the naked rear of the varsity player or the varsity player would take his genitalia out and slap the freshman player in the face with it."

Check out the Vallejo Times-Herald story for a detailed report of Cerebone's firing. Share your thoughts below. 

Scott Burford February 03, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Leon, how do you assume that any of the assistant coaches, presumably the one(s) who filed to act on knowledge in this affair, had left? That's a complete assumption on your part, based on what? Do you have personal knowledge of that? Here's a clue that maybe your assumption is wrong: the freshman players commented to Cerbone that they were hesitant about playing next season (on JV). That comment should lead you to believe that one or more of the JV coaches that had knowledge and failed to protect them were STILL THERE. Otherwise, why would the freshman players have a problem? If the problem coach(es) had left, then the freshman players should react with relief, not despair. So why then are you trying to assume they are gone? Are you trying to help the school cover this up and move on? You probably think that the investigation that Principal Ryan conducted was completely 100% "independent and fair" to everyone involved, don't you? Let's see what the police are able to come up with in their investigation.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 03, 2013 at 04:43 AM
The bottom line is a democratic and diversed society should practice what they preach and have democracy an diversity. Had their been diversity in this particular department, this would not have happen. Just like our Government has checks and balances; we need checks and balances in our jobs. Had their not been homogenity in this particular area at this school those kids would have had a better chance of being watched over and protected from this "Hazing"!!! Please Benicia, Solano County, start practicing fairness in this great and wonderful society that we have been blessed to have inherited. OUR KIDS DEPEND ON IT!!!
leon johnson February 03, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Scott ,when myself Vandal or D/thinking hit you with facts and numbers, you trivialize ,make fun and change the subject . You ask me a question above and I gave you numbers ,do you ever recognize or are you always right ?? you're entitled to hate the Catholic Church , however you are not entitled to your own fax . Do you read our posts ? I gave you numbers on inner city students attending Catholic schools , you replied with some "select" their students stuff . The reason I assume the assistant coach is no longer with the school , is because I read literature other than the Patch . Therefore I am awear that it is criminal for an adult to become aware of a situation like this at a school and not report it . Why would the students be afraid of a coach , remember on Thursdays there was none . what days sir did these crimes take place ? share your posts with someone you trust , maybe they can enlighten you .
Scott Burford February 03, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Leon, I do not hate the Catholic church, and I'm offended that you would make that insinuation. Shame on you! Most of my immediate family is Catholic. This is my final post on this article.
leon johnson February 03, 2013 at 06:10 AM
some of my best friends are black . sorry I couldn't help it .


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