US high school football president resigns after alleged hazing
The exit of Rev. Walter E. Jenkins has nothing to do with the allegations and to link the two would be “unfair,” a spokesperson for the school said on Saturday.
“There is no connection between the litigation and his leaving school and making such a connection is deeply unfair to Father Jenkins who served Mater Dei well during his tenure,” said Director of Communications Allison Bergeron by email.
Jenkins is returning to her religious order in South Bend, Indiana, to take on a new assignment, Orange County Diocese of Schools Superintendent Erin Jenkins said in a letter to parents, students and supporters. Its release is effective next week.
the a lawsuit has been filed in Orange County Superior Court by an anonymous football player Mater Dei who alleged he was punched several times in the face and head by a heavier player in a pain tolerance hazing game called “body”.
the Orange County Register Saturday reported that Jenkins’ departure also followed tensions with Bruce Rollinson, the head coach who ran the high school football program since the 1989 season. The coach has been credited with elevating the team to a championship level that attracts powerful supporters and wealthy donors to the private school in Santa Ana.
Jenkins was presented as president in February 2021, and one of his last acts in that position was to hire a Sacramento law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the hazing allegations.
“The departure of the father will not affect the conduct of the independent investigation which will begin when school resumes next week,” said Bergeron. “The Diocese of Orange and Mater Dei remain committed to student safety and academic excellence.”
Superintendent Barisano said a new president would be announced “very soon”.