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Authorities frothing over Canada froshing–more assault charges

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Edmonton — School officials are hoping assault charges against 14 Edmonton-area teenagers who are accused of assaulting younger children with hockey sticks and cricket bats will help raise awareness about such violence.

RCMP allege the accused, who are now all 16 and live in the bedroom community of St. Albert, paddled eight younger children in May and June.

Their injuries ranged from some reddening of the buttocks, to bruises and bleeding.

Dave Caron, chairman of the Catholic school board in St. Albert, says the charges could help convey to students that such incidents are considered assault and not a fun hazing ritual.

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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