ABC7 Exclusive: Maine West soccer player accused of hazing teammate denies wrongdoing

October 4, 2012 8:21:33 PM PDT
Des Plaines Police confirm they are investigating an alleged hazing incident involving suburban high school soccer players.

Daniel Silva, a sophomore on the Maine West Varsity soccer team, is accused of hazing a teammate during summer camp and is now suspended. He denies any wrongdoing.

"I know I didn't do anything wrong," Silva told ABC7, with his parents' permission. "I wouldn't call pushing a kid down hazing...which is my friend. I wouldn't say that's hazing, because hazing is the next level, I think, torture."

District officials say several players on Maine West High School's boys soccer team are facing disciplinary action after another incident last week. Officials will only say it's alleged misconduct.

"I'm not going to get into, can't get into any details about the allegations because of school confidentiality laws and principles," said Dave Beery, Maine Township High School District 207.

The district has temporarily re-assigned five coaches, including two teachers, Emilio Rodriguez and Varsity Coach Michael Divincenzo.

As for the Silva family, they want Daniel back in school immediately.

"He's going to be behind school for maybe a week, two weeks, three weeks, and it's just not fair," said Olivia Silva, sister.


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