An investigation is ongoing at a Twin Lakes Academy Middle School into football players accused of hazing each other in the locker room in a sexual nature.
Some parents picking up their children from the school Friday said their students were telling them about the rumors that were spreading, while other parents were surprised to hear about the allegations.
"That's scary. No, I haven't heard a word about it," parent Susan Miller said.
"Us as parents and our kids going here, we should have been made aware of that," parent Brandon Young added.
Duval County Public Schools confirmed there was a hazing incident between Twin Lakes football players recently. Channel 4 was told the hazing happened in the school locker room and was sexual in nature, but was not rape.
Channel 4's crime safety analyst Ken Jefferson said he dealt with sexual crimes during his tenure with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
"It can be a myriad of things," Jefferson said. "Unless there's specifics, you can't speculate on that. It can go from fondling to inappropriately touching."
The school's principal didn't grant an interview, but through th school district issued this statement: "There is an ongoing investigation of a possible hazing incident involving members of the Twin Lakes Academy Middle School football team. Pending the outcome of the investigation, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken on all responsible parties."
The school district said it was not sure how many students were involved in the hazing. School officials did say some students had already been punished.
The hazing is being investigated internally by the school's resource officer.
"His preliminary investigation could lead to a follow-up done by the Sheriff's Office, or he can turn it over to the state attorney's office after his investigation," Jefferson said.
Jefferson believes charges could be filed against the athletes responsible and possibly even against students who were watching.
Many parents are also wondering where the adults were while this happened at a middle school.
"Middle-schoolers, they should have been supervised (with) more adults around," Young said.