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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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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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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