Hazing News

Football suspended pending an investigation at Safford H.S.

Arizona Republic link


A report from the apparent hazing incident during a Safford High School football camp in the Pinetop-Lakeside area this month has been turned over to the Navajo County Attorney for review, according to GilaValleyCentral.

Meanwhile, Safford, still investigating, has suspended all summer football travel and competitions, such as 7-on-7 passing tournaments, and including a planned trip to California for a team camp.

“Although the investigation is still pending with Pinetop/Lakeside Police, SUSD continues to progress in our investigation and is moving forward with some student and staff consequences,” A.J. Taylor, the Safford Unified School District spokesman, wrote in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “All summer football travel and competition has been also been suspended. Our investigation is still ongoing and we are taking this matter seriously. As always, the safety of our students is our number one concern.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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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