PORTLAND -- Four boys at Grant High School have been under investigation for a Jan. 12 sexual assault following a boy's JV basketball team game that was first reported as a hazing incident.

Four players were suspended. Three of them returned to campus on Monday.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Lt. Robert King said the case was turned over to sex crimes detectives.

District spokesperson Matt Shelby said the school started their own investigation. Shelby said school leaders notified authorities immediately.

Shelby said Monday that violence of any sort will not be tolerated. A new policy has been put in place that calls for a coach to be the last person to leave a locker room.

There's no place for that at Grant High School or any of our high schools, he said.

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What initially was described as a hazing was far worse, police said Monday.

Hazing, bullying, really the safety of our kids at school, is one of the single most important things for us as an investigation, King said, It's the emphasis, the focus daily of our youth services division.

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Grant principal Vivian Orlen issued an earlier statement that said I take all reports of bullying, assault or intimidation very seriously. All students have the right to be in a physically and emotionally safe environment. We will continue to work with authorities to fully investigate this incident.

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