Hazing News

Another school–this time in Pennsylvania–uses FERPA incorrectly to sidestep reporting possible abuse

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September 15, 2010 12:08 PM

LANSINGBURGH — The school district superintendent announced Wednesday he was investigating a hazing incident related to a school in the district but would not reveal details on the nature of the incident, citing legal restrictions on discussing student disciplinary matters.

In a statement Wednesday, superintendent George Goodwin said the district administration “has received allegations of a school-related hazing incident,” and that officials were investigating the matter.

Goodwin said the district would take “appropriate steps to respond,” saying “[A]ny hazing or intimidation of students will not be tolerated and we will take proper disciplinary action if these allegations are true.”

The school’s athletics director tells CBS 6’s Craig Smith three football players were suspended from the team for violating the athletic code of conduct, but would not comment further.

The coach is trying to find out if anything happened at all, he added.

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

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