It’s been nearly six years since BadJocks first stunned the sports world with photos from the Northwestern Women’s Soccer Team show players being hazed wearing blindfolds, with their hands behind their backs. Parents and educators were shocked, investigations were launched and now, in 2012, we can report progress: the same crap is now being done at the high school level.
At Joliet West High School, not far from Northwestern’s Evanston, IL campus, a new scandal erupted over the weekend as photos from a hotel room initiation–with an adult chaperone or coach watching–emerged on Facebook. In one image, a blindfolded member of the team has her hands bound and is plastic-wrapped to a chair, while someone shoves a bar of soap in her mouth. Another appears to fight off a can a whipped topping being shoved in her mouth with her bound hands. You can just feel the love in the room, can’t you?
As for punishments, the only official statement the school has made says “Please know that we are taking this matter extremely seriously.” Some parents say a few players have been suspended and the coach was not present at the team’s last game, but otherwise everything seemed to be pretty normal.
Video and additional details on this story from CBS 2 in Chicago:
Last week we reported on Lauren Paul, the women’s lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall College (PA) who was dismissed from the team last week over an alleged hazing incident. Reports are now coming out that both Paul, and some of the 11 players kicked off the team, are hiring lawyers to fight back.
Oh, and the few players that were left on the team decided to just end the season last week, rather than continue without their coach and star players.
No details have emerged about the alleged incident, but the timing of this entire thing seems odd to us. The Lancaster Police claim they got a tip about an incident from March 2011 back in February of 2012, about the time Paul was making cuts to the squad for this season. F&M was notified in March 2011 by the cops, but the administration took virtually no steps to investigate the claims until April 6th, 2012.
It could be that they did a very, very, very thorough investigation, but how long does it take to ask a dozen college girls who got drunk and what naughty things did they do to each other? Rumors are floating around that all of this uproar can be traced back to the parents of one player who was cut from the squad, but no one has confirmed that.
Let’s just say that we expect more details to come out about the F&M lacrosse program soon and it won’t be flattering.
Details are scarce on this one, but one fact stands out: Lauren Paul helped lead the Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) women’s lacrosse team to an NCAA Division III National Championship and now she’s out of a job. The cause? An alleged hazing incident last year, that involved as many as 11 upperclassman players on the team who are now all off the squad, but reportedly still in school. (At right, a photo of Coach Paul when she was hired by F&M.)
For “privacy reasons” F&M is not releasing the names of those kicked off the team, or the details of the incident which was anonymously reported to police this February. Interestingly, a formal investigation didn’t get started until April 10 (with women’s lacrosse season in full swing by then) but once completed the response was swift: Paul was gone and the team is now mostly freshman players, lead by the women’s field hockey coach.
Here’s more from the F&M Hazing Policy:
Hazing is a violation of College Policy and Pennsylvania State law. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally—whether on or off campus or organizational premises—that are physically, emotionally, or psychologically humiliating or abusive toward an individual or selected group of individuals as part of the process of gaining entrance or acceptance into an established group, team, or organization—the “willingness” of the student to participate in said activity notwithstanding.
Anyone out there with details of this incident, want to spill the beans? BadJocks at Yahoo.com, if you do.
Source: Kansas City Star