ANNA, IL (KFVS) – Three Anna-Jonesboro football players have been removed from the team and the school after what school leaders describe as a bullying incident.
Anna-Jonesboro District Superintendent Rob Wright says the school is considering the incident as bullying. He said it happened on Friday, Sept. 19.
The story has reached far and wide, especially across social media. There has been many comments that have poured in about the incident.
Now, the accused bully is saying sorry.
“It shows in the video that he had been joking with us and then it got out of hand,” Teddy Albert said.
Albert said the victim cried after the incident. Albert says he immediately gave the victim a hug and apologized. Albert says he asked the other football players involved to apologize and they did.
In a 2 minute video released to Heartland News, there was no nudity seen.
Teddy Albert is one of three Anna-Jonesboro High School football players suspended for bullying another student in the locker room.
He said if he could take it back, he would.
“I’d like to apologize,” he said. “I am truly sorry for what I did. That I had even taken part in what had happened. That I truly do feel sorry for him and what had happened.”
Albert’s father says he wasn’t told about the incident until he saw the posts on Facebook.
“My son was raised better than that,” the elder Albert said.
The elder Albert says his son is being punished by the school for the incident.
Albert said he personally talked to the victim’s father and apologized.
We also talked to the father of the victim involved in the alleged bullying.
He wouldn’t go in to detail about what happened. However, he did say the alleged bullying involved a few high school football players in the locker room and when he heard someone put their hands on his son, he says they crossed the line
Superintendent Wright said there will be a special school board meeting on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the library to discuss the possible expulsion of the three students. The board will go into closed session to make the decision.
The current suspension could last up to two years. The students will not be in school until the hearing.
The Anna Police Department has been notified of the suspensions. Although, at this time, the district says no legal criminal action has been taken against the students.
Several parents showed up at a meeting at the high school library on Monday night to speak out about the incident.
Also at the meeting on Monday, the District Board of Education decided to call in an outside investigator.
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