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Fairhaven update from SouthCoast Today

Hazing victim’s family files suit
January 17, 2009 6:00 AM

FAIRHAVEN — The family of the Fairhaven High School student victimized in the Camp Wishbone hazing incident filed suit Friday in federal court, seeking compensation for the serious physical and emotional injuries caused by the town’s and other individuals’ alleged actions.

“As a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ negligence, the plaintiffs suffered physical injuries, indignities, humiliation, severe emotional distress, mental anguish and invasion of bodily integrity,” stated the complaint, filed on behalf of the Marujo family by their attorneys.

The civil suit stems from a hazing incident during July 2006 in which Matthew Marujo was physically and sexually abused by fellow football teammates who videotaped the abuse.

According to the complaint, the defendants’ actions — and their failures to act — allowed the hazing to happen, thus causing Matthew and his family to suffer emotionally and physically.

Named as defendants in the suit were:

* Robert Baldwin, superintendent of the Fairhaven School District.
* Dana Almeida, the director of Camp Wishbone at the time of the hazing and a former Fairhaven football coach.
* Chris Foster, the head coach of the high school’s football team at the time of the incident. Mr. Foster resigned from that position shortly after the Camp Wishbone incident but returned to coaching this year as Fairhaven’s indoor track coach.
* Scott Francis, the school’s athletic director.
* Jean Cote, the former principal who took a medical leave from his position at the start of the 2007-08 school year and later left the district.
* The Fairhaven School Committee.
* The town of Fairhaven.
* Camp Wishbone, a summer football camp atten

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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