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Daily Herald challenges groping as “horseplay”

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/print/?id=364252

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The second story was reported in Saturday’s Daily Herald. Five Prairie Ridge High School wrestlers were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges in what authorities say was hazing of teammates on multiple occasions.

Police said an investigation revealed allegations that several wrestlers restrained teammates while they were slapped and groped through their clothing.

If the charges turn out to be true, we are pleased to see Crystal Lake police taking this kind of thing seriously. We expect the high school to take it seriously as well. A “boys will be boys attitude” should not be tolerated. District policy bans hazing and says students found guilty of it face punishments that include suspension or expulsion.

An attorney for one of the boys says the allegations are nothing but “innocent adolescent horseplay.” No matter how the case turns out, it’s important to note, again, that hazing is not acceptable behavior in any form and parents and coaches need to make sure it doesn’t happen.

Two cases in the suburbs, but they unfortunately are not isolated. Parents, students, please wake up. There are serious ramifications. Is it really worth the trouble?

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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