- Seven juveniles were arrested last week and two adult students on Monday
- Police believe alleged offenses at La Vernia High stretch back to at least 2014
- One parent said kids were held down and had objects pushed 'into their rectums'
- Alleged incidents took place in locker rooms by gangs of boys, she said
- Cops were alerted after a boy was allegedly assaulted in a junior high bathroom
- Cops say more arrests are expected and more victims are coming forward
- They also say that some of the school's graduates are now 'persons of interest'
- None of the suspects or victims have yet been named by police but all are male
- School Super. Jose Moreno said the news 'crushed the spirit of our community'
Nine Texas high school students - seven of them juveniles - have been charged after they allegedly sexually assaulted other boys with objects including bottles and even baseball bats.
The students - all of whom are or were athletes - have been charged with allegations going back as far as 2014, La Vernia police Chief Bruce Ritchey said Monday. More arrests are likely to follow, he added.
Police are not releasing details of the alleged crimes, but one mother told Fox San Antonio that a gang of boys held down her son and other boys, and forced foreign objects into their rectums.
'Kids were holding them down in the locker rooms, there was a lookout at the door watching for coaches not to come,' she said.
'They hold them down and stick various items up their rectum... including coke bottles, deodorant bottles, steel pipes, baseball bats and broomsticks.'
Arrested: Two unidentified adult students (one pictured) were arrested on Monday at La Vernia High School on sexual assault charges. Police also arrested seven juveniles last week
Suspect: Police are not naming any of the suspects or victims, or stating the nature of the sexual assaults, but they say the incidents stretch back at least to 2014
The mother said she only became aware of the harm done to her boy when he told her she did not want to attend football practice.
Ritchey said the hazing primarily involved the football team at the 1,000-student school, but the basketball and baseball teams were also involved to a lesser degree.
The horrific stories emerged after one child told police they sexually assaulted in the boys' bathroom of La Vernia Junior High School a parent also told Fox San Antonio.
His admission led to two others coming forward, the parent, who did not want to be identified, said.
'I'm frustrated,' they added. 'If these things are going on in the school, how do I know my child is safe going there?'
The victims were freshmen and sophomore students, police said. There were at least ten of them.
And now, police said, some of the school's graduates have become 'persons of interest' in their investigation.
The juvenile suspects were arrested last week, after several students were sent for 'forensic interviews' with the Children’s Alliance of South Texas.
Results suggested that a 'crime had been committed,' Ritchey said.
The juveniles have all been released to their parents, while the adults were arrested Monday and booked into Wilson County Jail in Floresville.
Police are not specifying the nature of the sexual assaults or the names of any of those charged.
The number of others under investigation has also not been released.
However, he told MySanAntonio that more arrested were expected, and that complaints from other alleged victims had continued to roll in.
It has not yet been decided whether the students will be accepted back into the school or sent to another district.
The allegations have rocked La Vernia, a farming town of about 1,000 residents situated about 20 miles east of San Antonio.
Several parents - some of whom live outside the town but send their kids to the school - complained on the La Vernia Independent School District's Facebook page.
Accusations: Police say more students are coming forward with accusations, and that more arrests are expected
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'Hard to be proud of this community when my 16 year old is crying because he doesn't understand how his friend could assault his other friends in such a disgusting way,' Cody Jean Fuller said.
'For the first time ever I'm ashamed to claim LV as my hometown.'
'I feel the same,' replied Stacy Helms. 'It's left a lot of other kids that were not victims or abusers with so many questions.
'My son had friends on both sides of this and he can not wrap his mind around what has happened. Trying to answer all the questions when I have so many questions.'
School superintendent Jose Moreno wrote on the page: 'The travesty of the events occurring at the La Vernia High School have crushed the spirit of our community.'
He promised that the high school's administration and athletic directors 'are implementing additional protocols to provide students a clear path of communication to report a concern, receive counseling and know that their voices will be heard while maintaining their privacy.'
In a statement to Fox San Antonio, he added that the school has been told not to look into the the claims itself until after the police investigation has concluded.
'Assault': One parent claimed that a child was assaulted in the boys' bathroom of La Vernia Junior High, and that after that was reported others came forward