Hazing News

Alberta hazing update

It is slow but it comes up–HN

Several St. Albert youths accused of assaulting younger teens in a hazing incident this summer will be appearing in provincial court later today All are expected to enter a plea to charges.

Last month one youth set a trial date of February 3rd, while 12 others postponed entering their pleas until lawyers had a chance to study documents. A warrant was issued for the arrest of a final accused who failed to show for two previous court appearances. It’s not known if that boy has been apprehended.

While all are charged with assault, five of the boys are also facing one count each of assault with a weapon.

The case stems from nine victims who came forward this summer telling RCMP they were taken against their will in June to various locations in St. Albert and paddled on the lower buttocks. Injuries varied from bruising to redness and in one case, bleeding.

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. 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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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