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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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