Mechanicsville High School football season resumes after 2 teens charged in alleged assault

The two teens are facing simple assault charges.
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 10:29 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2022 at 8:04 PM EDT
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MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WWBT) - Two juveniles have been charged in connection to assault allegations at Mechanicsville High School.

On Aug. 19, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip of an alleged assault that happened at the school.

After working with the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, deputies say the juveniles have been charged with simple assault in connection to the case. The Sheriff’s Office will not release their names.

“What’s happening in school systems today, it doesn’t surprise me, but I’ve never heard of anything like this going on before,” Hanover resident Joe Hardy said.

For the past few weeks, the entire football team’s program was suspended, something Principal Stevens said would continue until the investigation was done.

“I’m glad the football is going. It’s good for the kids who are not involved that they have the chance to do something, especially if they’re seniors,” Hanover resident Kevin Tapper said.

Moving forward, Principal Stevens says their first priority is establishing a positive and supportive culture for the entire football program.

“We will be working with Coach Reynolds, his coaching staff, and players to establish team norms and will be holding various team-building activities and trainings in an effort to build that strong culture,” Stevens said.

After completing the investigation, Mechanicsville High School’s principal Charles E. Stevens announced football activities will resume effective immediately.

Dear Families, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing today with an important update regarding the status of our football program. As you know, we made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend football practices and games due to serious allegations of misconduct within the program and subsequent investigations - a criminal investigation by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and an administrative investigation by the school division. As I have shared repeatedly, the safety of our students has always been and will always be our top priority and drives our decision-making.

I can now share with you that this important and time-consuming work has concluded. We are confident that a thorough accounting of the misconduct concerns within the program has taken place. We would like to extend our gratitude to our partners at the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, we are resuming football activities, effective immediately.

While I am unable to share specific details about the investigation and its findings due to confidentiality laws involving juveniles, as well as protections afforded to employee personnel records, please know that those found to be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and/or School Board policy are being held fully accountable.

Moving forward, our first priority is to begin to establish a positive, supportive culture for the entire football program. We will be working with Coach Reynolds, his coaching staff, and players to establish team norms and will be holding various team-building activities and trainings in an effort to build that strong culture.

Thank you for your understanding during this time and for your continued support of our school and football program. I look forward to seeing our students again on Tuesday.

The high school held a team meeting for parents and players Friday at 5 p.m. and had a one-hour practice for both JV and varsity teams afterward.