Hazing News

Education Training needed for bus drivers?

Looking at all the hazing assaults that have occurred on school buses made me do a little research into whether or not bus drivers have a duty to step in should their “routine” mirror inspections uncover an attack. This article makes me think a driver could face charges one day in a hazing assault.

VALPARAISO — The driver of a Portage High School bus where three juveniles allegedly terrorized and sexually assaulted other students has been charged in the incident.

Terry Burch, 68, of Portage faces felony charges of neglect of dependent, and could serve up to three years in prison if convicted.

According to court records, the parents of one of the girls, who had her head forced to one boy’s exposed genitals, confronted the bus driver at the bus stop.

Burch allegedly said he allowed such behavior because it was taking place after school and he had no authority,p … 27.article

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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