Prosecutor confirms no charges in West High hazing incident

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters discusses the charges against Antonio Wilcox who shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend, Michelle McDonald on July 16, 2021.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Friday that no charges would be filed against any students after a hazing incident at Western Hills University High School.

The announcement comes after Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday during a press conference it was "highly unlikely" that any charges would be filed in the case.

Deters chastised Cincinnati Public Schools for firing their football coach Armand Tatum and canceling the football season, calling it an overreaction.

"Kids do dumb things all the time," Deters said. "Does it lead to criminal charges? Not here it doesn't."

Deters said no staff or coaches were present when the event took place. 

He isn't the only one calling on CPS to reinstate Tatum. A petition has been created on for the reinstatement of Tatum, with over 3,000 signatures as of Wednesday.

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