WOODSIDE -- A high school basketball coach allegedly was present when two players were beaten, gagged and taped to chairs in a hazing during a tournament, according to the attorney for one of the boys.

The Sequoia Union High School District dismissed Woodside High School's head basketball coach, Doug Fountain, and an unidentified junior varsity coach after the hazing was discovered, Superintendent James Lianides said.

The incident allegedly occurred while the team played in a winter-break tournament in the Central Valley town of Newman. Lianides said school officials became aware of it when students returned from break the week of Jan. 6. Since then, the district put players through a six-hour sensitivity training, he said.

"We have been working with the players in a restorative-justice program to get them more sensitive to understand that these behaviors are absolutely unacceptable," Lianides said. "We are continuing on with the season and moving on."

He and other Sequoia district administrators would not discuss the incident. On social media, talk circulated that at the team's hotel, players jumped two boys, beat them, taped their mouths, secured them to chairs and painted one with lipstick. A coach allegedly forced one of the boys to watch Spanish-language TV for an hour, supposedly to learn Spanish.

David Reilly, assistant superintendent, last week declined to discuss details, but said, "The district became aware of an incident that may have involved conduct inconsistent with our rules and expectations," he said.

Attorney Christopher Dolan, who is representing the family of one of the boys, alleged that the district is not following its own policies against hazing and bullying.

"As parents, we trust our children to the school and the coaches. This trust has been violated here," said Dolan. "Not only did the head coach give the green light, he participated, and the other coaches did nothing. What kind of lessons are they teaching these young men? How to haze and bully?"

Dolan, who represented the family of Jahi McMath, the Oakland 13-year-old whose family fought to keep her on a ventilator after she was declared brain-dead, said that "The school needs to act decisively to send the right message to the students, faculty and the community.

"These young men and families want to play basketball, not police the school and coaches."

It is not known whether the hazed boys were physically injured. Fountain, who had more than 20 years' experience coaching, took over the Woodside program in 2012. Woodside Assistant Principal Diane Burbank said last week that Assistant Freshman Coach Jason Llantero has replaced Fountain as varsity coach.

Staff writer Glenn Reeves contributed to this report. Contact Sharon Noguchi at snoguchi@mercurynews.com or 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/NoguchiOnK12.