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Clinton High School (Iowa) mass hazing: Quad City Times

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CLINTON, Iowa — After hearing more than three hours of testimony, the Clinton School Board unanimously affirmed the suspension of a student over hazing of freshman football team members during homecoming week.

Daylan Ludemann, a senior on the football team at Clinton High School, was among about a dozen students suspended over the incident that involved chasing, paddling and bullying the freshman students.

The students received five-day out-of-school suspensions and separate good-conduct suspensions from activities.

Ludemann appealed the four-week, good-conduct suspension to the school board. He returned to school last week after serving the out-of-school suspension. An open hearing was held Monday night at the student’s request.

Freshman football coach Dan Sullivan described the scene as “chaos.”

As the freshman players left the building after their game, the doors locked behind them. Sullivan said he and two other coaches heard noises and looked to see what was going on outside.

The coach said 30 to 40 people, all dressed in dark clothing and some wearing masks, were chasing the freshmen players around the field and the area around the school. Some carried what looked like bats or sticks and some were hitting the players. Sullivan said after yelling at them, the assailants finally left and he got the players who were still there back inside and called 911 because he was not sure if anyone was hurt or needed medical attention.

CHS associate principal Lisa Toppert said she interviewed a number of students and an administrative team worked together to determine the punishments against those students whose participation was confirmed by reports from at least two separate students.

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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