Hazing News

California case may go to trial

Excerpt and one-time link to the Bee for educational purposes: Two former Gustine High School football players may face trial for their roles in summer training camp hazing,Madera County District Attorney Ernest LiCalsi said.

Two others have been referred to Merced County Juvenile Court for sentencing, LiCalsi said.

The Gustine and Golden Valley unified school district boards recently denied a pair of sexual assault complaints related to the case, one seeking $3 million in damages. At least one freshman football player was assaulted by older players with an air pump and a used condom, a complaint states.

The four Gustine teens were kicked off the team and initially faced felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor assault counts. They were charged by Madera County authorities because the alleged incident occurred at Liberty High School, which is part of the Golden Valley district near Madera.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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