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Alleged Andover hazing leader puts up Facebook page

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Small excerpt from Eagle-Tribune:

The student, who was expelled by school officials Wednesday, referred to the school investigation as “bull (expletive)” and urged fellow players to attend a meeting in the “Dunn gym right after school.”

“… You better be there,” the expelled student wrote Wednesday. Five of the 17 members of the Facebook group “liked” his comment.

The meeting invitation came the same day school officials announced punishments would be doled out to Andover High basketball players involved in pressuring two underclassmen to play a game of “wet biscuit,” where the loser was forced to eat a semen-soaked cookie. The incident happened in July at a summer basketball camp on the Stonehill College campus in Easton, Mass. Nine members of the Andover High team were in attendance.

School officials have refused to detail what punishments were handed out. The Eagle-Tribune reported Wednesday at least five students were kicked off the basketball team and given school suspensions of varying amounts of time. The two ringleaders were expelled. Students facing expulsion or suspension are entitled to a hearing before their punishment takes effect. Calls to the expelled teens and their parents went unreturned.

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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