Post: Should a coach return
after admittedly using poor judgment
coach talks about his son's hazing trauma.
Video interview with
Scott Crane on his investigation into athletic hazing
at a small
school in southeast Idaho. Idaho
with Darrion Denson
, jumped by a chanting team
upset when their student athletes
are urinated upon in hazing
incident. No charges resulted.
Family Circle covers
high school hazing
Junior High School (Utah)
criminal charges for smearing bodies of
young wrestlers with bodily fluids. One
Bodily fluids were semen--second
conviction in case brings 22 days
A thoughtful feature on student
rights v. rights of victims in high school hazing cases
(Washington State, May 2011). School's cheerleaders
punished for hazing.
High School (N.M.)
sees two individuals charged as juveniles, one
charged as adult in alleged football locker room hazing. The Valencia
County News Bulletin wrote April 30, 2011 that charges included: "criminal
sexual penetration in the second degree, criminal sexual contact of a
minor in the second degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal
sexual penetration in the second degree and one count of contributing to
the delinquency of a minor."
hazing case when a mother is charged by police. December
(Minn.) suspended for hazing
13 (Indianapolis). Interview with Hank Nuwer.
Quote: "You tell your
child you deserve respect. You don't have to go through this to get
respect," said Nuwer. "You teach your child not to run with the crowd. You
teach your child in certain situations you go the other way."
appear to be on rise. December 5, 2010. But Cibola
off hook with police
controversial case sees Bingham County prosecutor drop
; other lesser charges remain pending. Defendants include
Nathan Walker (now at Idaho State), Logan Chidester (now at Carroll
College), Anthony Clark (now at Boise State above photo), all 19, and an
unidentified minor. A fifth defendant, 19-year-old Tyson
, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor principal battery
as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced Thursday to 40 hours of
community service, fined $100 and given a 30-day jail sentence with all
but one day suspended. A Blackfoot coach Jonathan Packer failed to have
his job renewed but was never charged with a crime. Note: The
in this case has attacked local and national media coverage, and he
offers his own view on whether an incident is hazing or not (once again,
and not for the last time, a disagreement over the definition of
Indiana case in Decatur
may be racially motivated. December 2010
and coaches suspended
. November 2010
case under police and
school review. November 2010
of girls draws ire of parents. November 2010
Carmel (IN) basketball hazing
. November 2010. And a video
interview with Hank Nuwer on Carmel
Carmel High School
introduces a hazing policy following basketball
old policy, Channel 13 Indianapolis
Lawrence North Cheerleader hazing.
Nuwer: "It's more disturbing in
one way, yes, but at the other side maybe it's an opportunity to do more
education and try to educate students and get parents involved along with
officials keep mum on hockey suspensions 2011
Attorney Robert Turner for alleged victim in Carmel
assails grand jury and embattled local prosecutor Sonia
after one count dropped against Brandon Hoge. Hoge pleaded
guilty to another charge. Statement read by mother of victim in court: "I
know what it feels like to be attacked for 30 minutes by three guys. I
remember Brandon telling me to: "Just take it, M.D., just take it. Don't
High School (western New York)
. One student accepted a misdemeanor
in a plea agreement. But two
and two defendants were cleared of all charges. In
another twist, the 19-year-old baseball player who accepted a plea
was granted youthful offender status by the courts. This
site close not to name the party for that reason.
Nonhazing: Cyberbullying Below:
VIDEO: A suicide and
murder in Southern Indiana: Amanda Bennett and online attacks
A list in progress:
Lima, Ohio school
Hazing death alleged (not in chart)
Sketchy facts in a newspaper story attributed the death
of William Taylor,
13, to a death by illness (pneumonia) allegedly caused
put snow down his back. [Editor’s note: I've always
thought this case
needed far more fact to prove Taylor’s WAS a hazing
death, and that it
may not fit today's
accepted definition of hazing, although I don't want to
either. Perhaps some journalist or student out there
may wish to examine
the case closely. The death occurred on Feb. 10, 1905.]
Denver, Colorado high schools
High school fraternity/sorority flap (non-hazing)
About 100 fraternity and sorority members were
suspended after refusing to
relinquish membership in these groups. (New York Times,
Sept. 10, 1909)
Denver, Colorado high schools
High school expulsions for fraternity-sorority
Sixty students, including the son of Gov. Elias M.
Ammons and daughter of
Denver Major Henry J. Arnold were expelled for their
forbidden fraternities, sororities and secret
societies. (New York Times,
May 28, 1913)
New York Military Academy (Cornwall, NY)
Academy hazing alleged and denied
Student Bertram Haigh contended his hearing loss in his
right ear was a
result of hazing. The school superintendent said
Haigh's hearing loss was
caused by an infection before he came to the academy.
Waukegan High School (Illinois)
Shooting during freshman hazing incident
Carl Ambrose, 13, son of the commander of a local
American Legion Post,
whipped out a gun he'd been carrying when confronted by
sophomores bent on taking him with them. He had been
subjected to intense
high school freshman hazing. He fired a shot, wounding
Theodore Lux, a
sophomore. The other four pummeled Ambrose, until two
girls, Elizabeth Lyon
and Margaret Pulse, picked up the gun and began firing
in the air to scare
off the four.
Members burned Greek letters onto the foreheads of
Helen Chapman and Helen
Steingester, using a solution of nitrate of silver.
They also had crosses drawn with the
solution on their backs.
"The sorority has no connection with Erasmus HS,"
the principal told the New York Times. "It is not an
Erasmus Hall affair and there is
nothing the school can do."
High School Fraternity initiation
David M. Campbell, Jr., 15, was tarred and made to
stand on an automobile
running board in his shorts as the car whizzed away. He
was one of four
boys initiated. His hair was cut, he was pelted with
stones and forced to
eat rotten eggs, according to Time (March 5, 1951)
Various hazing incidents
Future Farmers of America
University of Illinois Professor Lloyd J. Phipps
revealed instances of
physical and mental hazing in FFA groups in the May
1952 issue of The
Agricultural Education Magazine.
1952 - 1980 (To be added)
Toms River, New Jersey
Soccer team tradition of initiating first-year players
Rookie soccer players said they were physically and
long-tolerated school ritual known as "Freshman Kill
Wilmington High School (Massachusetts)
Football physical hazing at camp
Senior players allegedly urinated on younger players, a
player revealed to
the Boston Globe in an interview 11 years after the
fact. (Oct. 17, 1992)
Corning Union High School (California)
A fistfight in a parking lot followed the hazing of a
14-year-old male by
an 18-year-old student. The brother of the 14-year-old
hit the hazer.
1983 incident (1984 trial)
Nogales High School (Arizona)
athletic (baseball) hazing court case
Seven junior varsity players from Nogales High School
in Arizona said that
they had been assaulted by older baseball players in
the back of the team
bus. Coaches were acquitted in a 1984 trial but had to
give up their
Hamden High School (New Haven, CT)
High School Fraternity Hazing
Although 17-year-old Todd Depino was paddled so hard
and often that he was
hospitalized and his skin was discolored, he refused to
turn in the hazers.
Another youth suffered similar hazing brutality. (March
9, 1984, UPI
Athens High School (Georgia)
Band Hazing Allegations
Band director Dan Havely ordered students to end hazing
reports of corporal punishment such as paddling became
Lowell High School (Massachusetts)
Physical hazing, hockey
After two hockey players suffered serious injuries, the
superintendent merely banned
practices run by hockey team captains until the
victim's parents protested,
suspensions of veteran players.
Cathedral High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Hazing Week (not in chart)
In an article on an averted shutdown of the high
school, reporter Marita
Hernandez mentioned in passing the school's tradition
of Hazing Week. (Los
Angeles Times, Dec. 4, 1985)
West Hempstead High School (NY)
Unsanctioned Fraternity, Hazing
Steve Naso, 18, pleaded guilty to severely paddling
John Isaacson, 16, in
the first test of New York state's hazing law. Other
states such as South
Carolina have since had problems using hazing laws to
cover high school
incidents because of imprecise wording of the state
Scotts Valley (CA)
Water Polo hazing
With the assistance of the Committee to Halt
Useless College Killings, a
Scotts Valley anti-hazing
activist fought hazing after his
son was subjected to physical and emotional hazing. He
charged that water
polo hazing could be
tracked seven years. He said there were substantial
gains, but he wanted
hazing fully eliminated.
(Files, CHUCK, Sept. 8, 1986)
Laramie High School (Wyoming)
Branding for unauthorized club (possibly gang)
Students unwillingly were branded with a livestock
brand and coat hanger
bent into an S. In the tradition, 3 seniors selected 3
receive the brand.
Union City High School (TN)
Five students were convicted of assault (probation
assigned by court) after
freshman claimed they had been beaten as part of an
Thorndale High School
Sexual Hazing (sodomizing charges reduced)
Four athletes accepted a guilty plea of Class B
misdemeanor hazing in an incident
where a plastic bottle was jammed in a younger
player’s anal cavity to initiate him as a junior
varsity player. Each hazer agreed to
perform 80 hours of community service for the
Medford High School (MA)
Football camp hazing
Paul McGaffigan revealed on WBZ-TV that he'd been
forced to run naked with
a cracker in his
buttocks as part of a traditional hazing game.
Holmdel High School (New Jersey)
Improper Touching alleged
Football players were alleged to have been coerced into
and playing a game
of Twister. The event was videotaped. The Bergen County
Record on Nov. 12,
1989, said that "some coaches reportedly were
Watertown High School (Massachusetts)
Football camp hazing
Numerous hazing incidents occurred at football camp.
Three coaches and five
suspensions. Some events involved humiliation and
stripping and having a
player sit in urine. Watertown player had toparticipate
in a "cookie run," in which boys
stripped, placed cookies in their buttocks,
and raced across a field. If the cookie fell out, the
player would have to eat it.
(The News Tribune, October 7, 1988, and many more
Lyndhurst, New Jersey (high school)
Leslie Weaver of the Bergen County Record reported that
a high school
sophomore football players was coerced into improper
touching of another player
while a large group (20-30) of players
watched. The reporter wrote that the incident
away from school took
place at a Millersville, Pennsylvania football camp.
The board of education responded
by tightening academic requirements for players and
banning secret societies. Hazing
already had been prohibited, according to a Bergen
County Record article (June 6,
1990) written by Andrew Wolff. Wolff also reported that
two players were kicked
off the team and two were given a lesser punishment.
Pierce City High School (Missouri)
In 1989, two of my graduate students interviewed
students Eric Hartley and
Maynard Moudy at the Future Farmers of America
convention in Kansas City, Mo. In addition
to talking about FFA hazing (in which they said
agriculture teacher, co-FFA adviser, and
varsity football defensive coach Jeff Martin watches
over to keep things under control),
they talked about varsity football hazing at Pierce
On the first rainy day of practice, players can
willingly wallow face-first in mud while grunting like
pigs, or the juniors
and seniors get to throw them in the slop. Hartley said
that basketball players have a tradition, on
a player's birthday, of forming a gantlet and slugging
the player in the stomach. If the
player with a birthday hits back or protects his
stomach, he goes back to the start of the line. (Source:
"Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing" by Hank
Central Beurden High School (Kansas)
At the 1989 Future Farmers of America (FFA)
convention, Darrin Rierson
said that no illicit initiations were required.
However, he did tell interviewer Steve Jensen that the
team sometimes swirl the heads of rookies in a
toilet, then flush it.
Jensen (from tape): Who usually does that to you?
Jensen: Upperclassmen do that? Now, do the coaches ever
know about this?
Rierson: Well, they know about it. Usually they say,
"We're gonna have an
initiation." Theywon't tell us about it. They kinda
just walk out for a little bit, y'know?
Jensen: ...Do they actually know what the upperclassmen
are gonna do?"
Rierson: Yeah, more or less.
Jensen: Yeah? They do?
Rierson: They just kind of let it happen.
Loris High School (SC)
Hazing involved electrical shock, coating people in
substances, and fooling them into thinking they were
touching taboo objects.
Eastern High School (Green County, Indiana)
Not only had a son been initiated under the adviser in
1988, but so had the
father who had bananas stuffed into his nose until he
developed a nosebleed.
Cissna Park High School (Shabbona, Illinois)
Mild FFA Initiation
Recruits hands get dipped in green paint.
McLean County High School (Kentucky)
The FFA stopped an initiation in which recruits pulled
down their pants and
sat on a block of ice.
Pierce City High School (Missouri)
Recruits are made to think they are mashing cow
excrement which gets wafted
in front of their noses.
Scottsville High School (Kentucky)
Student Danny Oliver said he played for his baseball
team. The initiation
he experienced was getting held down while a player
shaved leg hair. His coach said he would
step in if things got too bad but did not stop the mild
initiation. Several other clubs and band
had no hazing-you just joined and were in, said Oliver.
Nodaway-Holt High School (Missouri)
NO sports initiation; positive sports program
Student Andy Sportsman said at an FFA convention (see
above for details)
that football, basketball and track coaches held annual
meetings during respective seasons
to tell players all rules. Players were told
initiations were forbidden and against the rules.
Brockton High School (Massachusetts)
A rookie member claimed younger players had their
underwear torn on bus and
had traces of excrement rubbed on their faces
and/or were made to eat pubic hair. Ten
members of the Brockton High School team were
suspended from school for apparently hazing new team
members. The incident
involved the slapping of students and the
at least one student's pubic hair. No one was injured,
Georgetown Preparatory School (Montgomery County, VA)
New student hazing
A student was expelled for butting, a practice in which
a new student is
tricked into putting his face against an older
student's buttocks. The
father of the student expelled blasted the school,
calling his son a
sacrificial guinea pig and saying the practice was
widespread at the
institution. (The Washington Post, January 15, 1991)
Whitehall-Coplay High School (Pennsylvania)
A rookie suffered a concussion after being beaten by
twin lines of veterans.
North High School (Denver, Colorado)
A 16-year-old girl received hospital care after being
dropped on her head
in a hazing incident. (Rocky Mountain News, October 17,
Ontario High School (Oregon)
Baseball team male-on-male violence
Police ended a one-year investigation into the
sodomizing of four rookie
players. Police said six
veterans sodomized the four.
Wilmington High School (Massachusetts)
Football physical hazing at camp
Police and administrators came under fire when some
references to more
serious types of
physical assault were deleted from a written
investigation report. Victims
in the case claimed
they were subjected to improper touching and physical
assault, reported The
Boston Globe (October 17, 1992)
Johnson Creek High School (WI)
Hazing allegations cleared against wrestlers (in chart
Two wrestlers admitted taping a victim to punish his
missing a meet but
argued successfully in court that they had threatened
to insert a mop in a
victim's rectum, but that they had not done it because
a wrestler argued
Lodi (New Jersey) High School
Financial settlement, Football
Anthony Erekat, a member of the football squad, was duct-taped by the arms
and legs at a football camp run by the team's coaches. He had
his hair hacked off and had players spread feces and peanut butter over
his body. Fourteen players eventually pleaded guilty and were ordered to
perform 50 hours each of community service. They also were suspended for
the season's first game but then were allowed to play when someone
realized that the opening game was against a tough rival. The players
served their suspension during a game against a lesser opponent. Erekat
received a financial settlement.
Sunnyside High School (Washington)
A young man, 15, claimed that he had been penetrated
with a mop handle
during an attack by
several wrestlers. He suffered internal injuries. After
Richard Melendrez, entered a guilty plea to
second-degree reckless endangerment.
Clintondale (Michigan) High School
Two female players removed a freshman teammate's
ponytail with a knife.
Golf club (Indiana)
A student of mine, Mark Patterson, wrote an essay in
which he disclosed his
regret at unintentionally breaking the arm of a new
caddie when Patterson and another
veteran caddie put a broomstick between the legs of the
rookie to give him a ride. The item was
listed in "High School Hazing" with Mark's permission.
Sky View High School (Utah)
Hazing and intimidation
School Superintendent Larry Jensen cancelled the last
game of the football
season and eliminated a playoff berth after a player
charged that he had been taped
nude to a table, mocked, and then subjected to having
his female date see him in this state.
The player, Brian Seamons, won court approval to go
ahead in his
efforts to sue some of those he believes responsible
for the incident.
Glenbard West High School (DuPage, Illinois)
Hazing policy following physical hazing
Sports cheering squad
Administrators wrote a strict anti-hazing policy. The
policy followed the
physical hazing of Topperettes who were covered with
bleach and other objectionable
substances, plus talked into simulating sex acts,
according to research reported by reporters Cheryl
Thompson and Ted Gregory (Chicago Tribune).
Haddon Township H,S. (New Jersey)
Football Hazing Reforms (not on chart)
Faced with hazing rumors they could not pin down,
instituted a hazing policy.
Newbury Park High School (Thousand Oaks, CA)
After a skit went too far, 10 seniors were disciplined
condiments on freshman females and making some wear dog
leashes to be taken around the school like dogs. (Los
November 13, 1994)
Balboa High School (California)
ROTC hazing alleged
A young cadet claimed he and two others had been
battered by a student
officer and others during a beating ritual called the
were made that the ritual had been repeated for years.
(The San Francisco
Examiner, March 5, 1994)
Church-sponsored Summer Camp
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
A young boy who sued a camp supervisor after suffering
a back injury and
post-traumatic stress disorder was awarded $12,500
gross and $10,625 in
Judge Ernest George Williams's court. The defendant
that the hazing was a prank. Case No.BC 119 839
Date of Verdict: 10/20/96
West High School (New Hampshire)
Stories conflicted on how badly injured was a freshman
who was given a
wedgie as part of an initiation, according to the Union
Shawnee Mission East High School (Kansas)
Soccer player hurt in school initiation custom (class
The Kansas City Star (September 3, 1994) reported that
the arms of two boys
(one a soccer player who missed some games) were broken
in a physical hazing ("hill
rolling) ritual. The principal made an announcement
that the custom was forbidden after the
Shoshone High School (Idaho)
A student who refused to let himself be hazed was
tormented by older
students. The student had little support. The Lewiston
noted that the school board operates a lottery to match
hazers with those
Maysville High School (MI)
Over-reaction by coach
The school was sued by a player who said his coach
overeacted by having team members
pile on him to teach a lesson. The player was injured.
The coach was let go in 1998 after
other incidents occurred, including his hitting an
assistant. The coach said a stroke made it hard
for him to control his temper.
Alameda County, California
Boy Scout hazing allegations (death)
The parents of a 12-year-old male claimed that their
son was killed after
he swerved to get away from older Scouts who were
hazing and intimidating
him. (Ferguson vs. United Charter
High School in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Football Team, No action taken in initiation (on chart)
Two seniors on the football team were not charged by
police or punished by
the school after asking two younger players to take a
lap around the playing field without
pants. Family members asked the police and school to
let the participants settle the
(See The Record, September 6, 1995)
Mitchell High School (Colorado Springs, CO)
Students were kidnapped during Hell Week, tied down,
and coated with smelly
substances. There were 12 students charged.
Roseville High School (MN)
As many as 100 seniors, many that had been drinking,
overpowered male and
female sophomores. Allegations included charges that
bottles were broken
over the heads of some students.
Student Nikki Cosentino, an actress who played in
"Grumpier Old Men" with
Sophia Loren, alleged that seniors urinated on people.
South High School (Minneapolis, MN)
A ninth-grader suffered a burn wound on the cheek
during a physical hazing
incident, according to the Star Tribune. Fifteen
students were suspended,
although the school cautioned that some rumors about
what occurred had been
Fort Vancouver High School
Students were given community service, but successfully
suspensions, in a band hazing incident that divided the
school community. A
victim was given an $8,000 settlement check.
Wisconsin Heights High School (Wisconsin)
Athletic hazing (football)
Five students were suspended for hazing rookies,
including the taping of a
player to a goalpost,
a ritual that sometimes gets reported by writers
covering pro football
teams. (See Capital
Times, October 19 and October 30, 1995)
Parkway High School (Chesterfield, MO story)
A rookie player accused two football players of
assaulting him, leading to
charges placed by Chesterfield police, according to the
South Shore Vocational Technical High School (NH)
Several freshmen complained about beatings as part of a
school initiation involving culinary arts students,
according to the
Duxbury High School (Massachusetts)
Players were caught shoplifting items from a store
while dressed in varsity
and JV uniforms as
part of a team tradition. The team forfeited 13 games
as part of its
punishment. (New York
Times, May 5, 1996)
Simi Valley High School
Parent sanctioned initiation rituals (not on chart)
The Los Angeles Times (Sept. 2, 1996) ran a feature on
non-criminal band member hazing that included
kidnappings, silly costumes,
and then a non-hazing breakfast.
Azle High School (Texas)
Hazing (including cheerleaders/volleyball team members)
Two students were suspended and others apologized after
initiation got out of hand,
but fell short of qualifying as criminal hazing. The
school acted swiftly
to take action.
(Star-Telegram, Sept. 9. 1996)
Midland Lee High School (Texas)
A young woman charged that she had clothing ruined with
substances in an
(The Houston Chronicle, Oct. 26, 1996)
Salt Fork Storm (Jamaica High School and Catlin High
Alleged physical hazing
Joshua Lock, 14, told the Chicago Tribune (August 30,
1996) that his
lacerated spleen was
the result of hazing by an older player (and part
of a pattern of hazing
by older players).
Buffalo Grove High School (Illinois)
General (male/female) student body (includes football
team members but on
chart as class hazing)
A physical hazing supposedly got out of hand when
lost control, according to some 20 older students who
hazed 17 first-year students by
spraying them with urine, cat litter, and hair-remover.
(See Chicago Sun-Times, October 10,
West Warwick High School (Rhode Island)
Whatever happened during an incident involving West
players is unknown, because the school district refused
to tell a reporter, but hazing was
entered into procedures after it occurred. (See
October 8, 1996, The Providence Bulletin.
Walla Walla High School (Washington)
Eight players were suspended from the team after a
hazing incident at a
Boise training camp saw six first-year players
humiliated with improper bodily contact and
having parts of their bodies coated with toothpaste.
(The [Bend, Oregon] Bulletin, September 1,
1996). Fourteen players were reprimanded for not
speaking out about the hazing they saw.
Parents of the hazed students praised the school for
its handling of the incident.
St. Edward Catholic School (Chicago, Illinois)
Five seventh-grade football players said they were
bruised following a
paddling by eight
eighth-grade players. "Isn't no big deal," the father
of one eight grader
told Fox TV News in Chicago.
Hillcrest High School (Utah)
Five upperclass members of the football team were
kicked off the team and
school for hazing.
Hempfield Area School District (Pennsylvania)
Nine veteran players admitted involvement after a
sophomore football rookie
during traditional hazing. The school passed a hazing
policy after the
Midland High School (Houston, Texas)
MHS cheerleading newcomer had chocolate syrup poured
all over her school
Santa Fe High School
The school contended with reports of hair cutting and
traditional Homecoming initiations.
Alexander High School (Ohio)
No contest, conviction
The Columbus Dispatch, February 15, 1997, reported that
captain Travis A.
Hawk, 18, of Athens, "pleaded no contest to a
misdemeanor charge of
freshman teammates in the locker room showers in late
October." Hawk was
given a suspended sentence and $50 fine, plus community
Thorndale High School (Washington)
A junior-high player was brutalized with a plastic
bottle by older players.
The group apologized to
the victim in juvenile court. (The Houston Chronicle,
Sept. 23, 1998)
Mentor High School (Ohio)
Choral group hazing
A student complained that he'd been paddled with a
Northwestern High School (York, SC)
Rebel social club hazing alleged
A student, 17, charged that he was injured as the
result of ingesting a
"caustic" substance while blindfolded.
Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)
Nine older students were charged in the brutal hazing
of five sophomores in
an incident where alcohol played a role. Students were
forced to strip and
were sprayed with urine and excrement.
Azle High School (Texas)
Two students received a three-day suspension for
intimidating new students
and marking their foreheads with an "f" to signify
frosh, according to the
Sam Houston High School (Arlington, Texas)
Initiation voluntarily ended (not on chart)
The school principal put a stop to "Howdy Day," saying
no longer were allowed to initiate the group below
them. The school acted
after a brutal hazing at a neighboring high school.
Clark Central High School (Athens, GA)
High School Sorority Hazing
Sigma Alpha Phi sorority was banned from the high
school after an initiate
was injured by being coerced into allowing red ants to
Santa Fe High School (NM)
A freshman said she was branded with a cigarette
lighter against her will
during Demon Pride Week.
University of Oklahoma
Female soccer team
A player left school (and later sued) after she charged
that her coaches led an initiation that
included simulation of oral sex. See
Merton Intermediate School (WI)
While technically better described as horseplay than
hazing, an incident in
which five boys gave another a wedgie resulted in
national news when angry
parents vilified the school principal for calling
police, saying she
overreacted. Those giving a wedge ended up doing
community service. (not on
Essex High School (Vermont)
Four new girls had to eat bananas placed in the pants
of males known to
older cheerleaders. An outraged victim, Lizzie Murtie,
became an activist
following the incident. She and her parents hope to get
a hazing law passed
Wauwatosa East High School
Suspensions for hazing were imposed on key members of
the soccer team for
hazing. Losing key players who were punished eventually
wrecked the team's
number one ranking.
Canyon High School Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
A father charged that his son was penetrated with a
coat hanger during an attack by veteran football players, but a
investigation failed to corroborate the claim (and
lesser charges were placed at the time). A coach resigned following a
meeting but later coached
again at the college level. San Antonio Express,
May 1, 1997.
Holmdel High School
More than 200 people attended a Board of Education
meeting after hazing
Many were angry that someone had complained about
hazing. "Soccer is not a
sport of the timid,"
a mother told the board, according to the Asbury Press
(Nov. 7, 1997).
Berlin High School (Berlin, CT)
Police conducted an investigation into the 1997
initiation after it was
carried out on a farmer's property near Middletown,
CT., according to the
Hartford Courant. Freshmen were covered with manure,
syrup, vinegar, oil
and other substances.
Old Lyme High School (Connecticut)
Two male soccer players were suspended from school
after a player reported
that his pants
had been sprayed with a chemical substance and lit in a
known as "butt
South Windsor High School
The school looked into allegations that new players
were initiated and
coerced into jumping off a ten-foot wall. Nine older
suspensions. An editorial writer for the Hartford
Courant blasted the
practice. Parents of rookie players defended the hazing
Little Chute High School
Two students were abducted and one was injured in a
kidnapping scheme as
part of an initiation.
Westlake High School (California)
Sexual assault alleged
Officials canceled the wrestling team's season after
in a newspaper that
some older wrestlers jabbed buttocks of players with
mop handle. In October
conference on press ethics said that these initial
reports of hazing were
questioned whether the newspaper was overzealous.
Seven wrestlers were
Rancho Bernardo High School (California, Poway
Physical hazing and sexual assault
Junior varsity baseball player
After a rookie baseball player was sodomized with an
object in the locker
room, he settled for $675,000 with the district,
the San Diego Union-Tribune which went to uncommon
lengths to get the
school district to reveal any details at all. Court
records showed that the attack was part of
a six-year pattern of assault in several sports and was
deeply entrenched in school athletics,
according to the newspaper.
Highlands Park High School (Colorado)
Highlands suspended seven players after allegations
surfaced that hazing
occurred at a football camp.
Joseph High School (Oregon)
Football players and male-on-male violence
The Vancouver Columbian (September 28,
1997) reported the suspension of
two athletes following an attack at a football team
picnic. About 12 players
attacked a 10th grade player while riding in the back
of a pickup driven by
a coach. One player
rubbed his exposed genitals against the boys skin, and
another forced the
boy to touch the older
Santa Fe High School (New Mexico)
A 14-year-old boy nearly died of an alcohol overdose
that boosted his BAC
to well over .30, according to the Santa Fe New
Mexican. School officials
ignored at least six phoned interview requests for my
book "High School
Hazing." The New Mexican said the boy was forced to eat
a raw egg and
encouraged to consume liquor. But another boy hazed at
the time said peer
pressure, not force, made the other youth drink.
Newspaper accounts said
the student was taped and had epithets scrawled on his
body with markers.
Stunned by repeated physical hazings and even a
initiation, administrators and coaches have begun
speaking out. Steve Baca,
varsity football coach, called the hazers
"knuckleheads" in an interview
with the Santa Fe New Mexican (October 5, 1996).
Overland High Schools (Cherry Creek Schools, Colorado)
Principal John Buckner said he was mistaken for not
taking strong action
after freshmen boys were covered in pillowcases and hit
by older students.
(Denver Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 15, 1997)
Culdesac H.S./Lapwai School District (Idaho)
Football Initiations alleged -- Suit filed in an Idaho
court in 2000
The Lapwai School District and eight employees have
been sued following
initiations which two
victims and their parents described as "assaults" and
mock "rapes." The
next game between the two schools was a basketball
game, and school
authorities voted to cancel the contest, according to
the Lewiston Morning
Tribune. A coach narrowly escaped prison for allegedly
doing little or
nothing to stop the event.
Roosevelt High School (Iowa)
Hazing-like rituals involving alcohol and peer pressure
Reporter Lynn Okamoto described a "Big Pal, Little Pal"
ritual in which
older students invite younger students out to drink.
Scituate High School (Massachusetts)
Football player suspended in unusual interpretation of
(not on chart)
A football player who dropped a young man on his face,
and dental care for the
victim, was suspended from the football team even
though the action was
intended as a prank and
was not connected to the team. (The Patriot Ledger,
October 30, 1998)
Mead High School (Spokane, Washington)
Female soccer players
A local paper quoted a student who said soccer players
were taped to trash
Burrillville High School (Rhode Island)
Annual freshman initiation ended (not on chart)
A school principal ended a traditional freshman
initiation at a Welcome
Dance. In years past, students kissed the feet of an
and were sprayed with water and various substances
while wearing old
clothes. This was under some control by adults, but the
school ended the
tradition amid a handful of complaints.
Leonia High School (New Jersey)
Football team "bullying" (included in chart)
When older football players ganged up on a younger
player, school officials
termed the episode "bullying," and definitely not
hazing. In my book, "Wrongs of
Passage," I cite several
instances in which college administrators show the same
reluctance to use
the term hazing. In a positive step, Leonia officials
drafted a strong anti-hazing policy that
Williamsville High School (Illinois, Springfield
Seven freshmen males were paddled with paddles made in
shop class. The
hazers said the movie "Dazed and Confused" inspired
Deerfield High School (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Baseball team hazing
Lured by a staged p.a. announcement, a rookie baseball
player came to the
team locker room. He was jumped and taped to a
bench. A student urged the
others to urinate on the boy, and he unzipped his
pants, but the other
players dissuaded him. Other baseball players had been
previously. "You can either go on the bench the easy
way or the hard way,"
said the team's 18-year-old captain, according to the
Journal (Feb. 10, 1998). A Deerfield school
superintendent ordered the team
to undergo an awareness class.
Eleanor McMain Magnet Secondary School (Orleans Parish,
High School Fraternity Hazing
The mother of Ashton Harper, 14, said her son was
"close to death" and
suffered kidney damage during a "crossover" initiation
ceremony in the
school. He was grabbed while painting lockers as part
of a fraternity
service project, the mother said. (The Times-Picayune,
May 1, 1998)
Interlake High School
Incoming Freshman Hazing
Seven eight graders were hazed by 10 high school
students. None were
Severna Park High School (Millersville and Severna
Four high school students were charged with assault in
a paddling attack on
eighth graders at a bus stop near the end of school in
Mesa Mountain View High School
Mesa school board suspended the new head football coach
and two assistant
coaches for not abolishing the practice of players
bellies that went back to the 1970s
here, according to the Arizona Republic.
Palm Harbor University High School (Florida)
Five baseball players punched rookies on the team bus.
One or more put a
onto one rookie's bare backside. Players received
light punishment, 3-5
day suspensions. (St.
Petersburg Times, March 11, 1998)
Thorndale High School (Texas)
Four football players pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
hazing after injuring a
rookie's anus and
delicate organs with a soda pop bottle.
Great Neck South High School (New York)
A player was roughed up during a hazing, according to
North Branch School District (Michigan)
Saginaw State camp
Two coaches were fired, a player was expelled, and six
terroristic-type hazing practices occurred at an away
Football camp at Wagner College (Staten Island, N.J.)
Alleged head shaving and physical hazing
Prosecutors said they lacked evidence to support claims
by a 13-year-old
boy who said he had been hazed at a non-mandatory
football camp this
summer. The boy's parents have filed a civil suit.
Kalaheo H.S. (Hawaii)
Female soccer team
Two coaches were suspended after girls were made to run
around a field in
Prospect High School (Illinois)
Football team horseplay/hazing flap
A freshman football player said he had endured hazing.
Veterans called it
Stevenson H.S. (Illinois)
Officials suspended four players for so-called atomic
situps that involve
ridicule and humiliation.
Sports Illustrated ran an article "In Praise" of such
hazing and failed to
print letters from parents
whose children had been injured or tormented in hazing
17-year-olds entered a guilty reduced plea and were
fined and apologized to
Raoul Wallenberg Traditional Alternative High School
Sexual assault investigation
The San Francisco Examiner reported that school
officials and police
investigating a possible "sexual assault by high school
baseball players on
Teammates while at a tournament." The coach was
Gulfport High School (Mississippi)
Fraternity under-aged drinking (non-hazing, not on
A Phi Kappa National Fraternity outing included a beer
bash arranged by
a Mississippi high school youth, leading to charges
against 59 individuals
for alcohol violations and room trashing. Several
adults were among those
charged, according to the Times-Picayune .
Aiee High School (Hawaii)
Soccer (charges filed)
A player was assaulted by six teammates after refusing
to let them haze him.
McAlester High School (Oklahoma)
Football physical hazing
A young player suffered a head injury after he was
jumped by teammates in a
hazing by teammates. It was the second hazing injury
involving the football
team in two years.
The incident angered the mother who demanded that the
football team be shut
down, just as
fraternity chapters are closed when members are caught
William Tennent High School (Pennsylvania)
Matt Nice, 15, was hit hard by teammates as part of his
resulting in the suspensions of seven hazers.
Hinsdale H.S (IL)
Three players faced battery charges after forcibly
cutting a player's hair.
Neshaminy High School (Langhorne, PA)
Baseball team hazing
Elsewhere it is called an "atomic situp," and here
a"power sit-up." But the
technique and purpose is the same-to fool a blindfolded
rookie into doing a
situp so that he views or comes into contact with an
older teammate's bare
buttocks, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ellicott City High School (Maryland)
Rookies on the junior high school squad had balls kicked at their
rumps by veterans on
the senior squad in a foolish practice called "butts up."
Cato-Meridian High School (New York)
Then football coach Brett P. Fingland punished players for hazing.
He currently is conducting a hazing survey as part of work required for a
graduate degree at LeMoyne College.
North Thurston School District (Washington)
A study on student behaviors resembling hazing and
other related behaviors
is being conducted
at North Thurston School District in Washington. The
school had a football
Chip Stewart, a young wrestler with learning disabilities, said he was
poked in the buttocks
region with a broom handle, verbally abused, and abandoned while taped.
Civil litigation in 2000 (incident occurred earler)
Trumbull High School (CT)
One new wrestler (a special education student) was
injured, and several
others allegedly were
hazed, at Trumbull H.S. Six wrestlers face charges.
Although police refused
to identify charges
publicly, a lawyer said the special ed student was
forced to suffer
indignities, including the insertion
of a plastic knife into his rectum. Eight were
suspended. Daniel R.
Scinto Jr., 18, Jeremy Dommu, 18, and Christopher
Ricci, 16, were in March
2000 arraigned in
Bridgeport Superior Court on criminal-assault charges.
Newtown High School (CT)
A practice called "swirlies" (dunking a rookie's head
in a toilet and
flushing it) led to the forfeiture
of four matches by the wrestling team.
Fort Madison High School (Iowa)
Minor infractions admitted
The Des Moines Register reported that school
officials said that an
investigation found that a
wrestler was taunted and taped by older players,
refuting a claim by Fort
Madison (Iowa) high
school nurse who earlier alleged that a
"rookie" wrestler was sodomized with a marker by
teammates. The school
ruled that this initiation was not hazing, pointing out
yet again the
difficulty in getting administrators to
see that criminal and non-criminal types of hazing
Absegami (NJ) HS
Labe Black, a wrestler arrested for making a young
wrestler chug alcohol as
part of an initiation,
was allowed by the school district to win a
championship. Now he faces a
hearing to see if he
may be punished, and he may have to forfeit one or more
wins if the hearing
goes against him.
Beachwood High School (Ohio)
Several juniors may be charged with of unlawful
restraint for hazing
freshmen and taking pictures
of their activities.
Nazareth High School (Pennsylvania)
Three coaches resigned and seven varsity players
suspensions after a January
initiation in which basketball veterans removed
underwear of junior varsity
players in an initiation
on a team bus. Coaches were present but failed to halt
the hazing. Parents
have come to the
defense of the coaches.
North Yarmouth Academy (Maine)
Two players were disciplined by the headmaster after
Hilton Head High School (South Carolina)
Wrestling coach George Dixon resigned after a
student said he had been
sexually assaulted with a broomstick during an
Einstein High School (Maryland)
Einstein High School suspended veteran wrestlers and
forfeited one match
after a rookie was
Decatur High School (Texas)
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported an instance of
athletic hazing in
which two players were
Mansfield High School (Texas)
A football player beaten by veterans was treated for
fluid in his lungs and
quit school, according to
the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
East Coast (High School allegation)
A concerned citizen is fighting athletic hazing in a
Maine high school, but
wants to remain
Not included in chart
Glendale High School (CA)
Allegations of athletic hazing
Eight athletes were suspended for 5 days each after a victim allegedly had
probed with a small bat and a broom handle.
Elkhart Memorial High School (Indiana)
Swim team lawsuit
Sam Lentine, a new member of the swim team, alleges that his head was
shaved and cut by another
athlete. When he went to the school's athletic authorities, alleges
Lentine, he was told that the head
shaving was part of team tradition.
Winslow High School (Arizona)
Sexual hazing alleged (basketball/track)
Members of a girl's athletic squad charged that they saw evidence of male
inappropriately touched. Basketball coach Daniel Gonzalez was
indicted on three felony counts of child abuse. The case is sad, involving
students who were
regarded as top student athletes in the hazing.
The grandmother of one of those charged has written to state her belief
that the incident was horseplay, and she stated her
belief that her grandson is enduring abuse from some in the community.
Northfield Mount Hermon School (Tennessee)
Student Branding (considered hazing)
2000 Verdict (1999 case resolved)
Matthew Rogers, 20, of Franklin, Tenn., was put on probation for
years for carving HOMO onto the back of a 17-year-old. The perpetrator
considered what he
did to be hazing, not a hate crime, attorneys in the case told the judge.
Eastern Randolph H.S. (North Carolina.)
Hazing injury: Football rookie
The school's football coach is paying for the medical costs of treating
a freshmen player who has a
bruised ear and a slight concussion following a traditional rookie pillow
Moon Area High School (Pennsylvania)
Football hazing and coverup
After a football player suffered a concussion after being belted with an
alarm clock in a hazing
incident, team members tried to make
up a story to cover up the incident, the school confirmed. "One
[player] said the thing
about going to camp [for an initiation] is to pull together as a team.
This whole thing has
splintered us, " Coach Mark Capuano told the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette.
Bellbrook High School (Ohio)
High School Hazing suspensions
Officials are considering the suspension of three Bellbrook High School
students for freshman hazing.
New Richmond High School (Wisconsin)
1999-2000 hockey team
Season forfeited for hazing
The team forfeited four games after a player was taped by teammates. Not
included on 2000 chart.
Treated as a 1999 incident.
Davis High School (Kaysville, Utah)
Two students are being investigated for paddling younger students hard
enough to bruise them at
an off-campus party.
Spartan Youth Football program (WI)
Hazing charged and denied
A player had his arm broken. There is a dispute as to whether hazing or
discipline was the cause.
Lansing High School (KS)
Varsity soccer players were arrested for alleged physical hazing.
Cibola High School (NM)
Athletic hazing allegations under investigation
Five Cibola students have been suspended for hazing, said
Cibola coach Ben Shultz, who declined to name the athletes and
Massanutten military academy (VA)
Middle and high school
Hazing and beatings alleged
Elisabeth Leamy conducted a FOX 5 investigation of an academy in
Woodstock, Virginia, alleging serious physical hazing and beatings.
North Hardin High School
Cheerleader hazing (lawsuit)
The Louisville Courier-Journal revealed hazing allegations by two girls
alleging physical restraint, abusive behavior and verbal abuse. The two
a lawsuit in Hardin County District Court.
Yucca Valley High School (California)
Hazing and rape alleged
At least two victims claim they were hazed and raped in a hazing
initiation. Charges have been brought against numerous senior members of
the football team, dividing this quiet community into
camps of supporters and antagonists.
El Dorado High School (CALIF)
Non-Criminal Athletic Hazing
School authorities suspended seven starters for a videotaped incident in
which a student was shoved in a locker. The coach
subsequently was let go by the principal.
Beachwood High School (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Initiation of First-year Students
Three juniors were taken to juvenile court for cracking eggs on first-year
students and other
hazing activities. The juvenile court charges were defined as unlawful
Anderson, IN HS and Middle School students
Unsanctioned gang, The Six
Victim in coma
Todd Troxell, 13, was pummeled in the chest for admission into a
middle-school/high school gang called "The Six" in Anderson, Indiana. The
young people used an inhaler for asthma in some fashion, as well, during
St. Louis H.S. (Missouri)
18 students received one-week suspensions. Students were taped, a
tradition banned by the school.
Glenn Hills H.S. (Georgia)
A band member allegedly was hurt on an away trip to Florida.
Mohawk High School (Ohio)
Six wrestlers served out suspensions for hazing.
Rifle High School (Colorado)
Gang hazing: allegedly the “02 Gang”
A young man was jumped and seriously hurt in an initiation believed by
authorities to have been staged by a high school gang. He was burned and
suffered a bone fracture, among other injuries.
El Dorado High School (California)
Coach fired, blames hazing
Twelve-year veteran coach Rick Jones says he was fired after a
non-criminal hazing incident. The school says other factors were involved.
Grants High School. (New Mexico)
Athletic Hazing leads to expulsion
The school suspended one student and kicked out another after alleged
hazing occurred on the baseball squad. Two victims were hazed, but the
school released no details.
However, Kendall Cash, 19, pleaded guilty to indecent
exposure. News accounts said two boys were forced to touch him.
Note from victim's mother to Hank Nuwer follows:
As the mother of the only victim who "told" I thought you should
have more of the details. Out of all the varsity players only
two boys were not involved. the school only punished the two boys
who admitted their involvement. According to the athletic
director, if they (the players involved) were all punished, then
the school would lose its varsity baseball team.
The hazing took place on the school bus with three coaches present
on the bus and a bus driver. The incident took place over a period
of 90 minutes or so. None of the coaches did anything to stop
the hazing and none were reprimanded in any way. The hazing
was (sexual assault). The boys were given a choice of sucking
a toe, nipple or touching the penis of one of the older players. The
last two boys they were not given a choice and were forced to touch
the older boy's penis.
The boy who was expelled is now serving a year of probation after a
plea bargain to the charge of aggravated indecent exposure.
One other boy was charged and found guilty (the school did nothing
to him), and it was not the boy who was suspended.
The school refused to investigate the issue. It was investigated by
the New Mexico State Police, (Agent Tom Salazar) charges were filed
in San Juan County (Gregg Tucker Assistant DA prosecuted the case)
San Juan DA phone number 1 800 641 5086
I do not know who the second victim was, but the first victim, my son, is
now having to attend a very expensive and private school
because he was not only victimized by the boys on the bus, but was
victimized by the school administration and coaches for coming forward.
Lookout Valley High School. (Tennessee)
Criminal Hazing Alleged.
Athletic Hazing allegations (Lookout Valley baseball team)
Michael Shaun Long, 18, was first charged with sexual
battery assault. ) The charge of sexual battery was reduced to
public indecency. An attorney for Michael S. Long, 18, has asked the court
to dismiss that charge.The charge is that he participated in a hazing for
the baseball team in which a 16-year-old boy
was forced to accept a player's genitals on his face. Long's attorney
plans to argue his client released the victim, unaware the other person
planned to expose himself. There also is conflicting testimony by
witnesses as to whether or not the victim was actually touched by the
Palm Harbor University High (Florida)
Principal Says Incident was Rough-housing, not hazing
Baseball Team Incident
Alec Liem, Palm Harbor University High principal, says an incident in a
Lauderdale hotel where players jumped on another player is not a case
of hazing, but rough-housing. The Pinellas County Sheriff's
Office earlier had said it was investigating whether hazing had occurred.
Holden School (Louisiana)
Non-criminal Athletic Hazing
The Holden School decided on education instead of punishment after sixth
graders were given pink bellies by the veteran basketball players as a
greeting. The coach was unaware of the ritual. No one was injured.
East High School (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Hazing of first-year students
School officials are investigating ways to end a three-decade practice
where older students track new students and shave their heads, leaving an
E on the scalp of new student s.
Alexandria High School (Louisiana) Update on 2000 case
Athletic hazing with injuries
Civil lawsuit (June)
The mother of new football player Trey Warner III is suing for $50,000,
seeking damage for a broken nose and other head injuries. He was beaten in
the locker room.
Update on earlier case (1999 incident)
Athens High School (Texas)
Civil Suit Alleges Hazing and Inaction by school district
Tommy and Susan Stutts of Athens and their son filed a suit that said the
school and its officials improperly handled an incident in which he
allegedly was jumped and hazed on a team bus.
Andrew High School (Iowa)
Athletic Hazing (basketball) alleged
An alleged basketball hazing made victims uncomfortable at their old
school. One player who transferred
to Bellevue Marquette was allowed to do so without any eligibility penalty
as a result of his victimization.
Layton High School (Utah)
Class Hazing (paddling)
Six upperclass students were suspended for hazing sophomore students.
Northern Highlands Regional High School (NJ)
Girls' field hockey team
Initiation at camp
14 players were expelled from the team after an initiation at the camp
involving numerous rituals. Parents for some of the
expelled students have asked district to reinstate.
Hazing and student abuse charged
A former student at the prestigious Groton School alleges he was hazed
and sexually assaulted. The school has had no comment for news reporters.
Manatee High School (Florida, October 2001)
Hazing and Post-Hazing Beating, Manslaughter
Bradenton Rotary Club high school club "Interact"
James Brier, 16, was beaten to death after having enough of teasing and
demeaning pranks, following his rejection into the Interact Club.
He had consumed alcohol, taken off his clothes, performed jumping jacks
without clothes--and the members had given him a nickname, Students
urinated on him.
Classmate, 17-year-old John Acosta, with a prior criminal record, beat
James to death when the two agreed to fight., according to police. Acosta
subsequently was sentenced to prison.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune quoted witnesses who said other boys
kicked James. POLICE HAVE NOT ARRESTED OTHER BOYS. Acosta's
appeal was denied.
Eustis High School (Florida)
Junior HS Football Hazing
Under Investigation (Oct 2001)
A school principal was temporarily removed as investigation is under
Hazing Allegations (November 2001)
A mother has demanded an apology from the bishop after discovering
that older students made her 13-year-old daughter engage in a game
of Truth or Dare which required demaning activities in a coed
setting away from school. No apology came.
Buffalo Grove High School (Illinois)
12 upperclass students have been suspended in a hazing incident.
Sycamore High School (DeKalb, Ill)
Allegations of improper touching of athletes' bodies during a football
hazing are being investigated by the school and police, according to the
Daily Chronicle newspaper.
Pinkerton Academy (New Hampshire)
Internal investigation, hazing allegations (Dec. 2001)
Pinkerton coach Tony Carnovale says that a "real minor situation"
occurred while the team was at a
Comfort Inn in Hyannis, Mass.
Baldwin High School (NY, Nov-Dec 2001)
Two seniors have been charged with first-degree sexual abuse and
endangering the welfare of a child following the alleged hazing in a
locker room before practice. The victim was 14. Other teammates have
threatened the victim.
Averill Park High School (Sand Lake, NY , Dec 2001)
Hazing on Trial, allegations of tampering
Five people (two teachers and three students) plead not guilty in
hazing incident; (allegations were that a student dragged his
genitals against a junior varsity player's face).
Webster High School
Sexual Hazing (Fall semester 2001)
Tulsa Schools suspended fourteen students and cancelled the
Webster ninth-grade football season after a 14-year-old
student allegedly was held him down and raped with a broom
handle. This was followed by whipping him with a weight belt.
His genitals were beaten with traffic cones.
Cottonwood High School (Granite School District , Utah)
Hazing of New Students
Suspensions and charges (Fall 2001)
Seven teens were suspended and charged with misdemeanor hazing for
covering a student with unpleasant concoctions.
Pentucket High School (Mass.)
Sexual hazing acts alleged
Police investigation follows school "internal" handling of situation.
Football team (2001)
An alleged preseason hazing incident involving eight or more players
at a football camp is now being looked into by police.
At Camp Marist in Center Ossipee, N.H., veteran players allegedly placed
genitals in faces of players, according to an investigation by the
Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune reported. One coach expressed surprise,
saying the matter had been handled internally.
New London High School (Madison County, Ohio)
Sexual assault allegation
Wrestling team (2002)
A 14-year old player's statement that he was sodomized with fingers by
teammates is under investigation.
Carson High School (Nevada)
Hazing Reforms Introduced by School
Summary from "Principal says hazing tough to stop at Carson High"
Principal Glen Adair told school board members Tuesday night that Carson
High School is winning its 60-year war on hazing. "When it was initially
started, it was really innocent," Adair said. "It
only involved a few people and was fairly discreet.
"Now, we have young men that are stripped naked, we have young men who are
asked to run down a hill and are shot with BB guns, whipped with trout
rods, beat with belt buckles and everybody has a high old time."
Adair said such incidents happened at Carson High at least five years ago,
but there have been no incidents this year and only a minor hazing
last year in which girls had shaving cream sprayed on their heads.
Alamo Heights High School (Texas)
Cheerleader Hazing and Alcohol
Case Appears to Be Headed to Court
Officials dismissed 15 of 16 varsity cheerleaders for alleged
hazing and underage drinking. Parents have countered with a lawsuit,
saying males present were punished less severely.
Greenville High School (Maine)
Hazing ended with policy (2002)
The school has ordered all hazing stopped. Previous hazing included making
first-year students jump into an icy lake and race with
Tabasco sauce in their mouths.
North Sanpete High School
Mount Pleasant, Utah
Shaving male cheerleader’s pubic hair
January 22, 2003
Two wrestlers were suspended for 10 days by the principal after a male
cheerleader alleged they had tried to haze him by shaving his pubic hair.
One teen wrestler was given probation. An 18-year-old wrestler was fined
$550 after entering a plea of guilty in Mt. Pleasant municipal court to a
single Class C misdemeanor charge of assault, according to the Deseret
News. The school district was sued by the cheerleader’s parents and
settled for an undisclosed amount.
Attica High School
Attica, New York
Urine splashed on basketball players as initiation
One player was charged for hurling basketballs at players, while an
18-year-old player was charged with four counts of battery by body waste,
three counts of battery causing bodily injury, and three counts of
battery. That player in turn criticized school officials, saying he
himself had been subjected to beatings and being covered with urine as a
first-year player. Three veterans were each given one-year probation
sentences by a court.
Kirtland High School
Geauga County, Ohio
Summer camp counselor hazing alleged
2003 (investigation carried over into 2004)
A 17-year-old counselor was charged with hazing after exposing himself and
requiring younger campers to perform situps that brought him into the
vicinity of his bare buttocks. A prosecutor blasted Kirtland
administrators for failure to cooperate with the investigation for more
than eight months, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The incident
came to light when a mother visited the camp and saw the alleged hazing.
Glenbrook North High School
North Brook, Illinois
Powderpuff football game by females
Older students pelted younger females with waste and other substances in a
widely viewed hazing on CNN that was fueled by alcohol purchased by some
parents of the hazers.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
Broadview Heights, Ohio
Finger inserted during hazing (charges reduced)
May 28, 2003
As part of a hazing practice done to freshman and sophomores, two teens
held down a 16-year-old while
a third teen put one finger into the victim’s anus. Patrick Pristas, 18,
pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of assault and unlawful restraint and
was put on probation.
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Two Avery County basketball players working at an NCSU basketball camp
admitted sodomizing younger students in a dormitory, according to the
Raleigh News & Observer. One was found guilty of ten counts of hazing
and the other was guilty of multiple accounts of simple assault. One was
expelled from Avery and both were kicked off the basketball team. The two
were placed on probation and ordered to stay away from the victims. A
father told the newspaper is son’s rectum was severely injured. The
families of the victims cooperated with the court to let the more culpable
offender receive a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony charge that
brought with it far tougher sentencing. Avery basketball coaches were
supposed to be supervising the counselors.
Fulton School District
Fulton, New York
Alleged sexual hazing
Four junior high football players were accused of terrorizing younger
players by holding them down and sexually attacking them, according to the
W.C. Mepham High School
Veteran football players penetrated three JV players with a broomstick,
pine cones and golf balls during several attacks. Two coaches lost their
job and were reassigned without teaching duties. Two players were
sentenced to serve time in detention centers. Two others received
Savannah-Country Day School
Possible hazing incident (sexual)
August 4, 2004
Members of the Country Day school cheerleading squad were reportedly told
to commit humiliating and sexual natured acts by other squad
members. An investigation began following rumors of the
incident. Five members were expelled from school.
Sexual hazing offenses
Cannon "Zeke" Hawkins and other students came forward to report sexual
hazing and exploitation of younger students by upperclassmen. He and
others had their genitals groped. The Trustees of the Groton School
pleaded guilty in 2005 to a failure to report the child abuse allegations
as Massachusetts law required, according to the Lowell Sun.
Central Cabarrus High School
Charlotte, North Carolina
Indecent liberties during hazing
Although a school spokeperson refused to divulge details of an alleged
hazing attack, the school superintendent told the Winston-Salem Journal
that three baseball players were suspended for taking “indecent liberties”
during a hazing incident. No other details were available.
Lassiter High School
Hazing with sexual battery
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that three students had been
charged with sexual battery offenses following two hazing incidents. The
district cancelled the remainder of the season.
Leavitt Area High School
Administrators punished seniors for whacking incoming students with
paddles. No one was charged. No injuries were reported.
Roselle Park Middle School.
Roselle Park, New Jersey
Basketball initiation with simulated homosexual sex acts
The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that four players were inappropriately
touched with body parts by two 15-year-old players. The matter was tuned
over to juvenile authorities following complaints. The newspaper did not
know the specific charges that were filed.
Glenbrook South High School
Paddling and alcohol use
Authorities said 11 lacrosse members paddled 13 newcomers to the team.
Camp Lohikan (Pennsylvania)
West Morris Regional School District
Nude skits at football camp
Coaches were admonished after sophomores were asked to put on skits for
the entertainment of older players. Skits included nudity and covering of
a naked player with food substances. The news of the skits reached
administrators months after the camp ended.
Hastings High School
Six seniors at the high school were charged with assault after beating
incoming freshmen with hockey sticks. At least two enter guilty pleas to
West De Pere High School
De Pere, WI
Sexual hazing by urination
Younger students of the high school were hazed by older students during
homecoming activities. The incident involved the students being
taped to poles and sprayed with shaving cream. Others were urinated
on, according to the Green Bay Post Gazette.
Buena High School
Sierra Vista, AZ
Volleyball player hazing (sexual)
May 6, 2004 (reported)
A 16-year-old volleyball player was assaulted by an older member of the
team while on the bus drive home after a game. The 16-year-old was
held down by other team members while the 17-year-old hit the younger
member over the head with his penis. Four team members were
Webster County High School
Sexual natured hazing
May 5, 2004
Three 18-year-old students sexually hazed a 14-year-old student in a
Webster County High School locker room. Two of the upperclassmen
pinned the 14-year-old down and the third pulled down the boy’s pants and
touched his buttocks. All three students are faced with charges of
North High School
This incident occurred on the last day of school as upperclassmen paddled
freshman students. Five students who committed the act were
suspended from school. Alcohol was reportedly involved.
Roane County High School
In this incident, freshmen students were reportedly beaten by
upperclassmen with a sand-filled plastic bat. Four football players
from the high school were involved, which resulted in suspensions.
Principal Jody McCloud is set to resign at the end of the 2004-2005 school
year, though uninvolved in the incident.
Central Cabarrus High School
Baseball team hazing (sexual)
May 4, 2004
Three upperclassmen students, also members of the high school baseball
team, reportedly sexually hazed another student in a school locker
room. The three students were suspended.
Piedmont Hills High School
San Jose, CA
Football team hazing
Varsity football players on the high school team have reportedly hazed
younger players of the junior varsity football team. The players
reportedly pushed a junior varsity team member. The players were
suspended from playing in the season opener while the investigation
Griffith Senior High School
Possible soccer hazing incident
Older members of the Griffith High School soccer team reportedly taped
other younger members of the team together and to trees.
Sandwich High School
East Sandwich, MA
Football team hazing
September 14, 2004
Nine Sandwish High School football team members severely beat a freshman
team member. Garrett Watterson was beaten on the field by varsity
players. Watterson was taken to the emergency room with a ruptured
spleen and was hospitalized after surgery. The nine team members
have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies.
Taunton High School
Football team hazing
Several members of the Taunton High School football team were suspended
after urinating and defecating on freshmen team members’ uniforms and
equipment, according to The Enterprise.
St. Paul’s School
Sexual natured hazing
Twelve freshmen students were hazed by upperclassmen females. The
incident involved the senior girls waking up the freshmen student and
having them perform and answer sexual natured acts and questions,
according to The Concord Monitor. 15 students were suspended.
September 24, 2004
Saint Pius X High School
Improper touching during football hazing
In the end no charges were placed against players for alleged sexual
hazing, but the head football coach was dismissed and police were
reviewing possible charges to levy following an alleged hazing at halftime
of a football game.
Milton Area High School
Football team hazing
October 7, 2004
A football team member paddled a 10th grade team member in a locker room
shower. The paddles were made in shop class by the 10th graders,
which were then used by the senior football team members.
St. Pius X High School
Suspected sexual natured hazing
Seven members of the high school’s football team were suspended for hazing
sophomore team members. IcyHot was reportedly put in the sophomore
team members’ jockstraps.
Glenbrook South High School
Lacrosse team hazing
March 12, 2004
13 new team members of the Glenbrook South High School lacrosse team were
beaten with a paddle by older team members. Alcohol was involved.
Melvindale High School
Wayne County Michigan
Allegations of sexual assault during hazing
A lawsuit regarding attacks allegedly occurring in 2003 was filed by a
former athlete who played for the football team in U.S. District Court in
Detroit. The suit criticizes coaches and school officials for their
handling of the incident. The suit charges the athlete was held down and
St. Paul's School
Concord, New Hampshire
Allegations of sexual hazing not verified
After some students identified as victims in a sexual simulation case
failed to come forward, police concluded they had no case against older
students who had allegedly required younger students to simulate sex acts.
School officials did discipline seniors, however.
Barnegat High School
Barnegat, New Jersey
Alleged JV football team hazing
September 24, 2004
Hazing allegations involving molestation of a 14-year-old were reported
after a party at a residence where a football team member was reportedly
held down by other team members and sexually assaulted with a pool stick,
according to the ABC-TV web site. Some team members used cell phones to
photograph the alleged initiation, according to the Badjocks.com site.
Police charged one juvenile with aggravated criminal sexual contact,
criminal restraint, assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful
purpose. Two others were charged with lesser offenses, including the
attempted destruction of cell phone evidence.
Colonia High School
Middlesex County, New Jersey
Sexual hazing on soccer team
Four soccer players entered guilty please to allegations they put a banana
between a player’s bare buttocks to simulate a sex act, a common prank at
the school according to testimony reported in the Star-Ledger. In the
course of the so-called prank, the victim’s buttocks had been
touched. The players argued they considered the event to be a joke,
not an assault. One of those accused of criminal restraint, age 18. went
on to play college soccer at a New Jersey College and was interviewed
subsequently in an article on campus behavior to say that hazing was not
allowed at his new school. Colina High forfeited a game during the
investigation. Lawyers for the accused stressed the event was supposed to
be a prank, not a hazing, in the minds of their clients.
Western Branch High School
Two students admitted to lesser crimes than first alleged. The students
were offered probation in a hazing case. A letter writer
disputes facts printed in newspapers at time.
Port Hope High School
Port Hope, Michigan
Basketball sexual hazing alleged
After Derek Kessel, a student with learning disabilities, died in a single
car crash, police and his parents began pursuing Derek’s allegations that
he had been taunted and poked inside his buttocks during a hazing meant to
humiliate him. Huron County Prosecutor Mark Gaertner told reporters and
family there was insufficient evidence of anything other than horseplay
and declined to press charges. The alleged hazing case remains disputed by
the family. The crash was due to Kessel driving in an unsafe manner, ruled
Gaertner. For documents in a lawsuit filed by family and a slideshow, see
West High School
First-year student paddling
The Anchorage Daily News reported the suspensions of nine upperclassmen in
a paddling incident reminiscent of the chasing down of new students in the
movie “Dazed and Confused.” The school investigation found a number of
incidents that occurred in various locales. The paper reported no arrests.
A.H.S.T. (Avoca, Hancock, Shelby, and Tennant Community) High School
Improper touching with genitals during hazing incident
The adult son of the wrestling coach and four veteran wrestlers received
probation on charges they assaulted a younger wrestler and touched or
attempted to touch him with their genitals, according to the Council
Bluffs Daily Nonpareil.
Ross Pattee, 18, son of coach Gary Pattee who was volunteering his time,
acknowledged the hazing and was given probation, according to the paper.
Charges against two other accused wrestlers were dropped by the
Pottawattamie County District Court because the victim refused to testify
against anyone else, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Plattsmouth High School
Improper touching admitted by hazer after sodomy charged by victim
After several varsity players changed their story, a veteran player was
cleared of charges he sodomized a player.
The criminal charges against Jacob Schippert for sexual assalt during
hazing were not sustained. Schippert was expelled and admitted simulating
sex but said the act was meant as a prank and had been done by him to
other players on other occasions, according to the World-Herald. The
victim claimed he had been anally violated with Schippert’s fingers.
Donna High School
Sexual assaults claimed during football hazing
In the aftermath of charges that three football players tried to insert
fingers into a new player’s rectum, the school board fired several coaches
and its athletic director. Hidalgo County offered at least three
athletes, ages 17 and 19, a diversionary program as an alternative to
putting them through a criminal trial.
Fairfield Warde High School
Bondage and poking a hogtied but clothed victim
The “hogtying” ritual described for the first time at a Trumbull,
Connecticut school was also practiced here, albeit with a clothed victim.
A lacrosse player was prodded and videotaped as he was hazed, according to
the Post (Connecticut).
Vestavia Hills High School
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Breast slamming as initiation claimed by student
An alleged breast slamming initiation was handled quietly by juvenile
authorities after a 15-year-old female softball player charged that she
was pummeled during an initiation at a motel where the team stayed. A
school representative said it appeared nothing more severe than students
“playing around” had occurred.
Archbishop Williams High School
Urination on player as hazing
2005 (lawsuit filed)
After an Archbishop Williams hockey star admitted he urinated
on a younger player and no charges were filed, the father of the victim
sued the school, according to the Patriot Ledger. The player was suspended
for one week.
Chapel Rock Youth Camp
Yavapai County, Arizona
Penetration with canes and broomsticks into the clothed bottoms of 18 boys
While angered parents called for aggravated sexual assault charges to be
placed against two counselors for the sexual hazings of at least 18 young
campers, a district attorney allowed them to plead guilty to a single
lesser count each that resulted in 30 and 45 day sentences apiece. The
prosecution accepted the argument that the sexual touching was intended as
horseplay and hazing, not rape.
Deer Park High School
Suffolk County, New York
Improper touching during a JV basketball team hazing
January 16, 2006
Two JV players restrained a victim, 13, while another JV basketball player
groped the eight-grader in a school locker room. Deer Park High School
administrators ended the team’s season. The person doing the touching was
charged with juvenile delinquency, a lesser offense because he was a
juvenile. The basketball coach lost his teaching position.
Sierra Vista High School
Las Vegas, Nevada
Conviction on reduced verdict of lewd conduct and battery
February 3, 2006
A basketball player was found not guilty on accusations that he put an
object into a 15-year-old player’s buttocks, but he was convicted on the
lesser charge of touching him on a gym floor during a piling-on by
Wasatch High School
Students were suspended on an away trip after veterans piled on younger
players in a motel with resultant groping. The school suspended some
Weber High School
Pleasant View, Utah
Coerced streaking of Warriorettes alleged
New female members of the school’s drill team claimed they were asked by
older members to streak naked across a darkened football field, according
to the Deseret Morning News.
Dixon High School
Paddling during hazing
June 1, 2006
Four males were accused of hitting younger males hard on the buttocks in
an initiation held at a female student’s house, according to the
Sacramento Bee. Police charged the four with hazing. Before the
hazing law was tightened in California, a similar incident involving
females occurred at the same school.
Fairhaven High School
Semen allegedly poured on player during hazing
The New Bedford Standard-Times reported that a football player alleged
that he had been taped to a bed while bodily fluids were dumped on him
during an away football camp. The players were kicked of the team and now
face felony charges to answer to the victim’s allegations, according to
the Boston Globe and Standard-Times.
Spring Grove Area Senior High School
Improper touching and sexual simulation
Seven football players were charged with harassment following a sexually
tinged hazing in which players nonetheless had their clothing on. The
incident occurred at an away football camp at Albright College in Reading,
Gustine High School
Allegations of sexual assault
As of 2007, two veteran players may face criminal charges in an alleged
sexual hazing involving football rookies. Two others have also gone
through juvenile court for their roles in the incident. The Modesto Bee
reported that the assault involved an air pump and used condom. The victim
has filed a $3 million claim with the school district. The coach’s
contract was not renewed.
Lehi High School
False sexual hazing charged by player
A 15-year-old who said he had been victimized in a sexual hazing by
football teammates admitted he had made up the tale and was charged as a
juvenile for supplying false information to law enforcement. The
allegations prior to the admission had created a furor in the community.
San Ramon Valley High School
San Ramon Valley school district, California
Allegations player was kicked in groin
The school suspended four JV football players after complaints surfaced
that a player was kicked in the groin, given a wedgie, and hazed. The
incident was under investigation.
Arlington Country Day School
Student athlete taped and made to disrobe in a hazing as punishment
October 29, 2006
School officials fired a coach who punished a 13-year-old player by making
him strip to his shorts and run laps. Some players also taped the player
with duct tape. The player apparently had ignored the coach’s
Dublin Coffman High School
Rape allegations against two coaches during hazing
Two lacrosse coaches are facing serious charges of aggravated rape and
assault which, upon conviction, could result in a 60+ year sentence,
according to the Columbus Dispatch. The coaches have been fired, and they
and the school district are facing a civil suit filed by a former lacrosse
player who says one coach held him down while another coach inserted a
gloved finger in him during an away bus trip. The Dispatch quoted the suit
as saying the two coaches resurrected a hazing tradition that had been
done to them in the 1990s as lacross players at Dublin Scioto High School.
Lexington High School
Lexington, South Carolina
A freshman baseball player charged that he was injured as five players
swarmed him and swirled his head in a toilet. The five were suspended for
one week. Two JV coaches who had knowledge of the incident were suspended
for the season from coaching (not from teaching), according to The State
of Columbia, SC.
Dom Savio High School
Coach hazing and sexual assaults
Former wrestling coach Everett Bower, 34, pleaded guilty to hazing, raping
and sexually assaulting two then-15-year-old wrestlers he had invited to
join his handpicked group he called the Disciples, according to the Boston
Kern County, California
Allegations of sexual battery and simulation
A mother accused two teen-age counselors of hazing and humiliating her
10-year-old son. Sexual battery charges were filed against one of
the teens, according to television station KGET 17. The mother said the
teens, though clothes, simulated oral sex with her son.
A Better Chance
Penetration with a pen and brutal beatings
June 2007 (final sentencing)
Many victims were beaten over a long period of time in this residential
home for minority youth with potential for success. One was given the
choice of a beating or being sodomized with a pen. Three teens were
sentenced to jail terms of five years (needing to serve nine months or
less) and one, who testified against the other three, was put on probation
for three years. All accepted plea agreements (the three pleaded no
contest) and otherwise could have received far tougher sentencing on
numerous charges. The no contest was entered by counsel for Jeff Utobor,
Silvester Baez and Pedro Reyes. The fourth teen given probation was
Christopher Lewis. Baez pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit
first-degree sexual assault. Utobor was accused of inserting the object
while the other two held down a victim. A resident director voluntarily
left his position when the charges became known but was not implicated in
any of the events.
Molalla High School
Alleged sexual hazing and one count of alleged sodomy
December 2006 (ongoing in 2007 investigation)
At least five teenage basketball players (oldest age 18) and possibly more
will end up in court on felony charges that they sexually hazed a younger
player. One is accused of using a finger to penetrate the victim,
according to the Oregonian. The hazing attacks were alleged to have
occurred in a motel and tea bus during a road trip. The trio are to
appear in court in July of 2007.
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
Athlete allegedly sucker punched in groin
Five upperclassmen were suspended when a hazing prank involved hitting a
first-year student in the groin while he was taped to a bench, according
to the Boston Globe. The school informed police of the incident.
Priest River Lamanna High School
Priest River, Idaho
Alleged sexual hazing by band members
Several band members have been charged with a crime on charges they
sexually touched a 14-year-old band member with their genitals or placed
them near his face as he slept. The band was on a road trip to British
Columbia. Three of the accused are 18 years old. Police are studying a
videotape made to humiliate the victim.
Flower Mound High School
Denton County, Texas
Hazing admissions and denials
About the only thing residents of Denton County agree upon is that they
disagree upon whether antics by veteran wrestlers against new wrestlers at
a 2005 pool party at a private residence constituted hazing. A judge ruled
that he saw no evidence that compelled him to proceed with hazing charges
against a coach and several wrestlers. However, the Dallas Morning News
said allegations originally were that the incident was an initiation in
which sexual assaults and beatings took place. The Morning News reported
that “three juveniles, including at least one initially charged with
sexual assault, pleaded true to assault charges in adjudicated
agreements.” An 18-year-old was given probation, a fine, and community
service after pleading no contest to a charge of no contest to a charge of
assault with bodily injury, according to the paper.
South Hills High School
Fort Worth, Texas
Alleged “swirlie” on younger teammate
Eight baseball players were suspended for an undisclosed locker room
attack on a fellow student. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted a mother
who said the incident was the dunking of a younger player’s head into a
toilet. The paper said the school decided it would not seek criminal
charges against any of the eight.
Glenbard East High School
Urinating on a teammate called a prank, not criminal hazing
School officials have maintained that the locker room attack of a baseball
player urinating on a younger teammate as three mates held the boy down
was a prank, not hazing, recalling similar school denials made in many
other instances. According to the Daily Herald, a local police chef ruled
it was a matter for school officials to punish, not a criminal matter.
Those making the ruling that they considered the event non-hazing were Bob
McBride, the school’s principal, the coach Nick Scipione, and Police Chief
Raymond Byrne. Not even a police report was filed, according to the Daily
Austin High School
Allegations of intent to improperly touch during a hazing
A teenager charged he was able to fend off two nude older hockey teammates
attempting to grope him in a meeting room adjoining the school’s locker
room. One faces a criminal trial. Most serious is the charge one is facing
which is a felony charge of aiding and abetting indecent exposure,
according to the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, MN. The two were suspended
for three days.
Coopersville High School
Investigation into alleged penetration with object and groping
Four JV players were under suspension as law enforcement authorities from
the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department conducted interviews into
allegations that a 15-year-old was abused in a group hazing, according to
The Press of Grand Rapids, MI. No charges had been placed as of this
writing. The alleged incident was to have taken place in a locker room.
Four students served 10-day suspensions. The JV coach resigned and told
The Press some of the hazing might have begun in April of 2007.
Severna Park High School (Millersville and Severna Park, MD)
As occurred years ago, hazing with paddles that mimicked the movie Dazed
and Confused occurred near the end of school in June. One teen was
East Carter High School (Missouri)
Allegations of basketball team sexual hazing (updated as new info is
As of September 2, 2007 the school has suspended unnamed players, and one
father has said his suspended son protected the athletes, not hazed them.
Nine victims were allagely sexually assaulted. The prosecution was said by
local newspapers to go ahead on August 2 with charges in juvenile court.
As of September 2, no charges have been placed. See also archives in The
Hazing Blog for
updates and archives on this case. Coach Benji Stahl, a former East Carter
basketball star, resigned.
Notre Dame Senior and Junior High School (New York)
Hazing denied; school calls incidents "horseplay"
Seven players and one coach were suspended for showing bad judgment. Some
details were suppressed by the Syracuse (NY)
Roman Catholic diocese.
Tallmadge High School (Ohio)
Hazing and rape allegations
A special prosecutor is looking into serious charges levied against two
Virden High School (Illinois)
Improper Touching Allegations
What may be regarded as sexual hazing in some states may not be in
Illinois. This school hazing will be closely watched for
whatever charges ensue and how mild they are compared to sexual hazing
convictions in other states.