Update: Oct. 10, 12:32 p.m.
Loudoun County Public Schools on Wednesday released a statement on the sexual assault allegations involving members of the Tuscarora High School football team.
The allegations were first reported by the Times-Mirror Tuesday afternoon.
School district spokesman Wayde Byard said the Tuscarora football team will play its game against Freedom High School on Friday. He said practice resumed on Tuesday after being cancelled Saturday and Monday.
Here is the school system's statement in full:
"Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is cooperating with the Leesburg Police Department to investigate an alleged incident involving members of the Tuscarora High School football team.
LCPS became aware of the alleged incident on Friday, October 5.
To preserve the integrity of the investigation by Leesburg police – and due to federal laws protecting student privacy – LCPS is limited as to what it can share with the public.
At this point in the investigation, Leesburg police have not determined what charges, if any, will be sought regarding this incident.
The Leesburg Police Department continues to monitor this situation. The Leesburg Police Department is committed to providing more resources to Tuscarora should they be needed.
Federal law prohibits LCPS from revealing disciplinary consequences involving students. School Board policy sets discipline consequences, including expulsion, for very serious infractions.
The Leesburg Police Department contributed to the writing of this message."
Original report: Oct. 9, 4:46 p.m.
A Tuscarora High School football player was sexually assaulted in the Leesburg school's locker room following practice earlier this month, according to two sources who say they are familiar with the incident.
A Leesburg Police Department spokesman confirmed to the Times-Mirror the department is investigating an incident that occurred at the school. The LPD spokesman said officers were on the grounds Tuesday as part of the investigation, but he declined to elaborate as information gathering is ongoing.
Tuscarora's football practice has been canceled for at least the past two days, according to one of the sources. That source, who requested anonymity to speak openly about the incident, said it's believed the victim was held down by teammates who inserted objects into the victim after practice on Oct. 1.
A football coach at Woodgrove High School reportedly informed his players about a situation at Tuscarora earlier this week and warned them against "hazing," according to a Woodgrove parent.
A Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Victims of sexual assault can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter at 1-703-777-6552 for support.