PRESS RELEASE, 9/25/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no criminal charges to be filed in Summit Country Day School incident

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the conclusion of the investigation into the Summit Country Day School boys’ soccer team trip to Philadelphia.

The Summit Country Day School, a private school located on Grandin Road in Hyde Park, took their boys’ soccer team to Philadelphia over the Labor Day weekend for a soccer tournament.  When the students returned to Cincinnati, the school disciplined some of the students as a result of behavior on the trip.  School discipline, pursuant to the school’s policies and procedure, is entirely up to the school.

After a thorough investigation by Hamilton County authorities, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office concluded that no crimes were committed by any of the juveniles or adult chaperones on the trip and no criminal charges will be filed.  As the school previously reported, no one was injured as a result of this incident or required any type of medical treatment.  The behavior could best be described as “rough housing.”

This matter has now been reported to the Philadelphia police authorities but no investigation is being conducted in Philadelphia given that the matter was investigated locally.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I want to commend Summit and the boys’ soccer team for their cooperation in this matter.  It is important that the community understand that no crimes were committed and that the school took the appropriate disciplinary action against students who violated school rules.  This is a situation where, unfortunately, rumors abounded and the truth got lost in the mix.”