Really? A javelin? Who thinks that shoving a sharp metal pole up someone else’s behind will bring you closer as teammates?
Apparently four soccer players at La Puente High School in Southern California who have now been arrested on hazing allegations, while their coach placed on paid administrative leave because there are indications he knew and/or encouraged the acts. The school district is also being sued based on victims claims that the administration attempted to cover up the incident.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Three of the alleged victims have hired an attorney and are planning to sue the school district. Another victim may join the suit. Two of them claim they were sodomized inside the soccer storage room as part of a hazing ritual after making the varsity team. A third victim says he was able to fend off the attackers.
“A lawsuit is the only way to get any leverage over the school district and to force it change its ways,” said attorney Brian Claypool, who also represents dozens of parents in the Miramonte Elementary School case, where a teacher is accused of molesting students.
Claypool claimed two 14-year-old boys were “jumped” and then penetrated with a “javelin-like object” while a third, 15, “fought for his life” and managed to grab the pole away from his attackers, the LA Times said. The alleged abuse happened last year. At least one student sought medical attention for his injuries, the newspaper said.
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/09/25/brutal-hazing-ritual-leads-to-arrests-protests-at-la-school/#ixzz27ZWsfl3k
Assuming SUNY has done all the proper investigation into this incident (the police have filed charged after all) we say “good for them.”
In the past, many colleges have investigated these types of incident and found any excuse possible–including ignoring their own hazing police–to avoid having to admit they have a problem like this at their schools. They go to great lengths to explain how something like this incident at SUNY Geneseo, where freshman were allegedly blindfolded, handcuffed and forced to drink large amounts of alcohol, was NOT hazing and merely horseplay, a non-team activity, or our favorite “inappropriate behavior.” Anything but hazing.
Will this action put an end to all hazing at SUNY Geneseo? We would hope so, but after doing this site for more than twelve years we can honestly say that we don’t think it will end it completely. But students at that school who continue these barbaric practices have now been put on notice that their social or athletic program could also face the death penalty if they’re caught. A clear message has been sent.
This is an update to a story from last week about the blindfolded, SUNY Geneseo women’s volleyball team and an off-campus “team bonding” exercise that seems to have gotten off track.
According to police, 11 young women have now been arrested and face charges of hazing and unlawfully dealing with a child after one freshmen member of the team was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Now, before you dismiss this as just another bunch of college kids doing what college kids do, let’s look at what the police are saying happened that evening at an underage drinking party in Geneseo. Okay, we don’t have a lot of detail but police are saying that the eight freshmen members of the squad were summoned to an apartment off-campus, then blindfolded, handcuffed and forced to drink alcoholic beverages . . . to the point that one of them had a BAC of more than three times the legal limit (.0.08%) to drive. Not surprisingly, many people die from a BAC that high, which is why she probably ended up in the hospital.
What’s interesting to note is that of the 11 young women arrested, 8 are current members of the volleyball team. A team that, according to the school’s website, has only 8 upper-class players on a team of 17 with the majority (9) being freshman. And, if you look at the names of the three women arrested who are not on the squad, all three to appear to have played last year. Did they all graduate and come back for this little party? Or were they kicked off the team last year for some reason (as sources are indicating to me) which explains why the team has so many freshmen players this year? On the police report these three are all listed as either 20 or 21-years-old. Kind of young to graduate, but you never know.
Is this hazing incident not the first discipline problem for the SUNY G volleyball team?
As we said last week, it appears the school acted appropriately in suspending the entire team (what else are you going to do when the upperclassmen are all in jail the freshman are all hungover?) but is this the first year such an activity has been held? And if not, did anyone on the coaching staff know about any previous booze hazing events like this one?
Ball is in your court SUNY Geneseo. (If anyone who attends this school can shed light on the situation, please let us know: email@example.com).
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