OGDEN -- Police are investigating the hazing incident that has resulted in the school suspension of nine Ogden High School senior cheerleaders.
The criminal investigation is being handled by a school resource officer and should be completed next week, Police Lt. Scott Conley said Tuesday.
Ogden High School administrators informed the resource officer of the hazing, Conley said.
The May 4 incident began when senior class cheerleaders invited newly selected underclass cheerleaders to an Ogden home for a pizza party, Conley said.
During the party, the underclass cheerleaders were blindfolded and taken to Forest Green Park, 4302 Taylor Ave.
At the park, the blindfolded cheerleaders were sprayed with mustard and ketchup and smeared with peanut butter, Conley said.
One of the girls suffered an allergic reaction to the peanut butter and had to be taken home, he said.
The blindfolded cheerleaders were also squirted with a liquid that was initially reported as possibly being urine, Conley said. However, police now believe the liquid was pickle juice, he said.
Donna Corby, spokeswoman for the Ogden School District, said school officials have gathered statements from all of the cheerleaders involved in the incident.
Superintendent Brad Smith, in a faxed letter to the Standard-Examiner, said the district's investigation "revealed no evidence that urine was utilized in any way" in the incident.
Those responsible for the hazing could face class B misdemeanor charges that carry a possible sentence of six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
However, charges could be enhanced if hazardous materials, such as urine, were used in the hazing, Conley said.
None of the victims of the hazing have asked police to pursue charges, he said.
Corby said the district's investigation regarding the cheerleaders is closed; however, the possibility that other students may have been involved in the hazing is still being looked into.
That may take some time because of the time of year and the seriousness of the accusations, she said.
Parents and the hazed cheerleaders have suggested that numerous male voices could be heard in the background by the blindfolded cheerleaders.
Corby said graduation of the suspended seniors is not at stake.
While hazing was once considered a harmless high school prank and a rite of passage, it is now frowned upon, Conley said.
"Those that participate think it's all in fun and that the victims have no issue with it," he said.
"The public perception is that it's unacceptable."