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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

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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