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Carmel, Ind. case in 1998 needs disclosure of how much was paid in settlement for alleged sexual hazing since it was paid with tax dollars. Carmel has a responsibility to reveal the amount to its taxpayers.

Moderator — The WISH-TV investigative story on a 1998 hazing case at Carmel High School shows that the school was not required to release its settlement payment to a swimmer who alleged that three other swimmers harassed, bullied and sexually assaulted him when he was a first-year swimmer. Clearly, taxpayers in Carmel have a right to that PAYMENT information PAID WITH CARMEL TAX DOLLARS — as a similar hazing case at Poway High School demonstrated was right and necesary to reveal so far as the amount was concerned. I hope Indianapolis stations or the Indianapolis Star newspaper can get those records.

The video follows from WISH-TV

Here is a similar case in Michigan and background on that Poway High School case which was investigated by the San Diego Tribune. The Tribune  filed a FOIA request and obtained the amount.

Hank Nuwer: Hazing Deaths Clearinghouse, Unofficial

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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