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Canada school again mired in physical hazing story

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Excerpt from Sun Media:

Two St. Albert teens have been charged after a hockey-stick hazing, re-igniting a problem that has plagued the city.

But cops say it’s just a few bad apples spoiling a cleanup of the problem.

“There’s always a small minority that have to learn the hard way,” said Cpl. Don Murray of the St. Albert RCMP.

A 16- and 17-year-old have been charged with assault with a weapon following a June incident, he said.

The youth allegedly used a hockey stick to bash the butts of two former junior high students about to enter high school. The assaults happened in the Akinsdale neighbourhood of the city.

The victims were left with “severe bruising” to their posteriors.

The attack was reported to a school liaison officer June 20.

Police expect to charge three youths for the attack.

After a rash of incidents last year, cops said they would not tolerate hazing.

“By and large, the message has gotten out there,” said Murray.

RICHARD.LIEBRECHT

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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