Hazing News

Editorial: Watch this breaking story closely: Ellsinore (MO.) school officials want to discuss a possible crime of sexual hazing–but they are doing it BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. Our view: look to Sunday’s articles about sexual hazing allegations in Oregon and Michigan to see how schools and local police should handle such allegations. Open that meeting to the press and public.

All: no one knows exactly what happened to an Ellsinore, Missouri group of juvenile basketball rookies, but the below article from a local implies it may have been very bad. No one knows exactly how many sexual assaults occur in high school sports, often because cases like this are discussed behind school board meeting closed doors.

See Sunday’s articles on hazings in Oregon and Michigan to know that these kinds of cases can be considered serious crimes–if indeed that is what occurred at an Arkansas college where camp was held. We hope local citizens and thhis newspaper make school officials and police aware of how these cases are handled outside of Elsinore, Missouri. -Moderator
Here is the story link and excerpt:

Link to story and excerpt

[Moderator. Police and School officials say they cannot talk. That’s not entirely true–see stories posted Sunday about teams in Oregon and Michigan involving juveniles.]

By: CJ Cassidy

ELLSINORE, Mo. – …The players in question are from the East Carter County School District in Ellsinore.

The four day camp took place in early June at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

School leaders and police can’t talk about the actual allegations because they involve juveniles.

People in town say some older players attacked younger players, and some of the alleged acts are so sickening, they just can’t talk about them.

“I heard there was pretty bad abuse sexual abuse,” said Cindy Walters of Ellsinore.

Talk about those allegations at the Corner Café are hush hush.

No one seems to want to take a side or figure out if any ugliness could really exist in their town. After all, the Corner Café is where the Carter County Redbirds flock to celebrate their victories.

“I’ve never seen nothing like this had some bad things happen in this town, but not to children,” said Shirley Woods.

“It involves a lot of people everybody’s related to, or something with that many boys,” Walters said.

“We had 22 players that attended the camp,” Superintendent Tim Hager said. He can’t tell us much more, because the players in question are so young, ranging in age from 13 to 16.

“This was really from what I gather a hazing episode that maybe went to far allegedly,” Hager said.

Investigators say they don’t know if any sexual abuse took place between any players, but they are investigating allegations of abuse.

Folks in Ellsinore who say they spend hours cheering on basketball players to victory hope the alleged victims now have the courage to go up against their alleged attackers.

“Kids are afraid, once everybody finds out other kids are going to make fun of them kids can be cruel,” Walters said.

Folks in town say parents of alleged victims met on Monday.

They’re expected to attend a school board meeting but the Superintendent said he will only discuss the issue in an executive session with other teachers afterward.

Meanwhile, school leaders cancelled a similar basketball camp this week.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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