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Detroit Free Press article questions if Warren De LaSalle HS covered up a football team attack

Here is the link and an excerpt: Warren De LaSalle alleged sexual attack/taunting with (perhaps) broomstick

According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, who agreed to speak to the Free Press on condition of anonymity, the hazing incidents involve a stick of some type — a broomstick was cited by multiple individuals — that was used in a sexual manner. It is not known how exactly the sticks were allegedly used, nor how many players were hazing victims.

Late Thursday evening, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told the Free Press that De La Salle President John Knight told him that a police investigation into football hazing allegations would not be necessary, and that the school would handle the issue internally.

“He said, ‘We’ve got it under control. We don’t need the police involved. … There’s no substance to it’ ” said Dwyer, referring to a phone conversation with the school president at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday morning, De La Salle adamantly denied telling police it would handle the hazing incidents internally and said police are involved.

De La Salle has publicly disclosed that hazing is far more “pervasive” and “deep rooted” than originally thought.

Dwyer said the DLS president never informed him of any details involving the alleged hazing incidents.

“It was quite disturbing to me that he would not share that information,” said Dwyer, stressing he is now going to “request the school ask us to intervene.”

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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