Stop School Sports Hazing to Protect Victims -- And Your Football Season

by Webmaster9/1/2016

While school sports hazing is being taken more seriously than in the days when I first started covering it, violence and sexual assault in the presumed name of building team unity is still a big problem, in part because there are still plenty of adults unwilling to take the necessary steps to stamp it out. (That’s in part because hazing as a form of initiation is so ingrained, and if you don’t believe me, here is a list of hazing deaths – since 1838.)

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Coach, six Philomath football players, cited in 'aggravated hazing' case at football camp

by Webmaster8/30/2016

Six Philomath High School varsity football players and one coach were cited Monday in connection with “aggravated hazing” incidents in July at Camp Rilea in Clatsop County, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said. More...

Letter: Hazing, bullying are different

by Webmaster8/29/2016

I take issue with the article regarding the ongoing investigation at Wood Memorial High School. From the very beginning, the incident has been referred to as hazing; now it is labeled bullying. There is a big difference between hazing and bullying. While I agree that bullying is reprehensible and should be strongly dealt with, hazing, by definition, implies a much stronger and humiliating experience.

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Does College Hazing Defy the Laws It Spawned?

by Webmaster8/22/2016

Starting this week, about 20 million students will be arriving on college campuses for the fall semester, and while classrooms fill up, fraternities, sports teams and clubs of all kinds will open their rolls to new students and, inevitably, to initiation rites that can include hazing. Not just embarrassing or humiliating pranks, but physical abuse and serious physical peril, even death.

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School districts take steps to comply with new anti-hazing law that applies to 7th to 12th graders

by Webmaster8/5/2016

A new state law aimed at ending hazing that went into effect July 25 extends the consequences of hazing down to 7th to 12th graders.

The law was drafted in the wake of an alleged incident at Conestoga High School where football players were accused of sodomizing a freshman player with a broomstick. Previously, the state anti-hazing law applied only to college students not those in secondary schools.

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Leechburg Area to hire new basketball coach in wake of hazing allegations

by Webmaster6/14/2016

The Leechburg Area school board will hire a new coach of the high school varsity boy’s basketball team tonight after hazing allegations surfaced earlier this year.

District officials said board members will meet at 7 p.m. for a special meeting. 

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Even Pro Athletes Can Be Hazed.

by Webmaster6/7/2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston rookie Tyler White was the victim of a prank on Saturday that left his Range Rover Evoque on the warning track in center field before the game.

Some of Houston's veterans, led by ace Dallas Keuchel, orchestrated the prank.

Keuchel says: "As long as you don't take it out of context it's all fun and games and it makes you a little bit stronger. So (White) is one of the guys we like and we'll continue to get on him a little bit and it will make him tougher." More...

Q&A with expert Hank Nuwer

by Webmaster5/31/2016

Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law got an update last week, making it a misdemeanor crime for middle and high school students in addition to those at colleges at universities.

To better understand the issue of hazing, LNP talked with national advocate and researcher Hank Nuwer. Nuwer is a journalism professor at Franklin College in Indiana and a founding board member of HazingPrevention.org.

I think the definition is shifting. Hazing, even if silly and bizarre, was supposed to be all about welcoming newcomers. Bullying was to shame and to humiliate newcomers or others perceived to be outside the bully's peer group. Now there is sexual hazing, including rape and sodomy, which in no way can be condoned and does not in the least resemble a practice of welcoming newcomers. 

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Former Saint's mom called NFL coach after son's rookie hazing dinner

by Webmaster5/9/2016

Former NFL defensive end Jevon Kearse spoke with TMZ.com and told a story about how former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman, then Philadelphia Eagles rookie, Brodrick Bunkley was left with a $50,000 bill at a restaurant.

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Settlement to be reached in swim team hazing lawsuit

by Webmaster3/14/2016

Marcantonio, swim team members to reach agreement

All parties in a lawsuit concerning allegations of hazing against former members of the University swim team have reached a settlement date.

Allegations in former University student Anthony Marcantonio’s suit include assault, battery, false imprisonment, tortious interference with contractual relations, hazing and intentional infliction of emotional distress. More...

Fourth teen charged in Principia football hazing case

by Webmaster12/11/2015

A 16-year-old boy from Chesterfield was charged Thursday in a 2014 hazing case at a Principia Upper School football camp.

Jason Bemis, 16, of the 13200 block of Pinetree Lake Drive, was certified to stand trial as an adult and charged with six counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault. Court records say he punched six people. More...

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