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ABC Channel 36 etc.: Horsing Around or Brutal Attack at Dunbar HS?


Hazing Investigated at Dunbar High
Written by Carla Wade
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 19:42

Five Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (KY) football players are off the team, accused of hazing
their freshman teammates during football camp this week.
The principal of the high school says Monday, the members of the team gathered in the weight room and the boys were horsing around.
He says that’s when it escalated into some upperclassmen targeting the freshman players.
He says only one player was injured.
“Fortunately the one student that did have an injury is fine it could have been much more serious and that’s certainly part of our concern because that kind of behavior leading to any injury is just not going to be tolerated,” said Anthony Orr, the principal for Dunbar High School.
But a parent who contacted ABC 36 News by e-mail gives a different version of events.
Brian Jones says his 14-year-old son and two other freshman were lured into the weight room by the upperclassmen.
Jones says his son was beaten, punched and struck with a weighted medicine ball, resulting in him losing consciousness and suffering a concussion.
Jones says the boy also suffered memory loss.
Principal Orr says they are still looking into the incident and they met with parents Tuesday night to assure them they were taking the allegations seriously and dealing with the students involved.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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