UPDATE 10/1/2019 5:20 p.m. Gilroy police said four members of the Gilroy High School varsity football team were issued juvenile citations for sexual battery.
On Thursday, police were told that members of the team were involved in an altercation that involved four students assaulting a fellow student after school.
The assigned School Resource Officer worked with the school to investigate, and as a result four students were issued juvenile citations for sexual battery.
Police said they do not believe the incident was hate motivated. The names of the students will not be released because of their ages.
The Gilroy Unified School District said in a statement that it is investigating the incident and working closely with police.
“The Gilroy Unified School District is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all students at all of the District’s campuses, and also to protecting all of our students and staff. To that extent, we continue to ensure the privacy rights and confidentiality of all involved parties and we will follow all applicable laws and procedures until the investigation into this incident has been completed. We cannot discuss the specific details of this incident in any capacity without violating minor students’ rights to privacy,” the district said.
The football season is not affected by the incident.