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

LEXINGTON, Ky.

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

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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