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Ellsinore incident on video and becomes a criminal matter

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Warrants issued in Ellsinore hazing incident
By: Heartland News

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Warrants have been issued for three 17-year-old boys from Carter County.

According to the Independence County Sheriff Department, the hazing occured at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas during a basketball camp.

Several 13 and 14-year-old say they were told they would have to go through a hazing in order to get on the basketball team.

All the victims and suspects were at the camp and from the East Cart School District.  The sheriff department also said some of the events were captured on video by a cell phone.

Formal charges are expected to be filed sometime this week. The three 17-year-olds will face charges in Independence County Juvenile court.

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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