The parents of two boys who say the teens were punched during high school baseball hazing rituals say they’re being victimized again — this time because they aren’t being allowed to play sports after switching schools.

State rules prevent high school students from switching districts just to play sports, ostensibly to prevent star athletes from essentially being recruited by rival districts. But the parents of these two boys say school officials made no effort to help them escape the hazing that sent them both to hospitals for treatment.

Both boys, who were 15 years old at the time of the alleged abuse last year at Picayune Memorial High School, transferred to other schools because they said the verbal tormenting persisted after the physical abuse. But the Mississippi High School Athletic Association ruled them ineligible to play sports, a move that caused one boy’s new school to forfeit more than a dozen basketball game wins because he had been on the team.

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