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Camp Wishbone (Mass.) incident discussed openly with eye to reform

Link to Fairhaven apology to victim

Excerpt from article follows: FAIRHAVEN — For the first time, school officials have apologized for and talked openly about the way they handled the Camp Wishbone hazing case.
Last Friday, Fairhaven High School Principal Jean Cote convened students by grade in the school’s performing arts center. He talked for about 20 minutes about the incident and the impact it had on the school.
“He said he handled it wrong, (that) he should have handled it better,” said a student who was present at the address but didn’t wish to be identified. “He said he feels bad for the kid that it happened to,” and that the perpetrators and their families should be embarrassed.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Superintendent of Schools Robert N. Baldwin issued a statement on the school’s Web site about the incident in which he praised the victim for coming forward and reflected on the “hard lessons” learned from the case.

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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