4 Davidson HS students suspended over alleged hazing incident


Four students have been suspended after video surfaced of an alleged hazing incident that injured a Davidson High School football player, a Mobile County Public School System spokesperson told News 5 on Thursday.

The district is working closely with Mobile Police as they investigate the video, and more suspensions could be possible.

As News 5 reported on Wednesday, the parents of 14-year-old Rodney Kim Jr. say the cell phone video shows teammates attacking Kim in the locker room Friday afternoon.

Kim’s arm was broken after the teammates allegedly hit, kicked and jumped on him. The parents say it happened after Kim learned he had been promoted to the varsity team.

“He’s mentally traumatized,” the boy’s mother, Mary Kim, told News 5 on Wednesday. “He woke up in the night screaming and we went to him and he said he thought he was being jumped again.”

The parents are calling for the coach to be suspended.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste released a statement Thursday afternoon saying, 

“The Mobile Police Department is aware of the incident that occurred at Davidson High School on April 27, 2018 where a 14-year-old male student was assaulted by several teammates in the locker room after practice. We are actively investigating to determine all individuals responsible for causing the student to sustain a broken arm injury. Today, we received the social media video post of the incident and it is being reviewed. Once the investigation has concluded, we will provide an update on those arrested and the charges.”  

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