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Four Alabama high school players expelled for hazing acts

The details have been kept hushed, but from the context it seems this was another cruel and nasty
hazing. Elkmont High School link

It happened when coaches weren’t around.  Can the locker room be off limits when coaches cannot be there?


The four students – senior football players – are accused of hazing a freshman football player in the locker room in September when coaches weren’t around. A closed hearing Monday at the board of education’s central office featured testimony from students involved, parents of those involved and lawyers representing the four seniors. The closed hearing resulted in a unanimous vote by the school board to expel the students accused of hazing.


“Everyone is concerned,” said Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll after the decision was announced. “The school district is concerned, and the board is concerned.”

Carroll said he wants people to understand that this was an isolated incident and in no way reflective of Elkmont High School. School board president Anthony Hilliard felt the same way.

“Elkmont is a great school and offers a great education,” Hilliard said. “This is a black eye for all of us.”

Details of the hazing weren’t released, nor were the names of those involved, but Hilliard said some of the testimony was “difficult to comprehend.”

According to federal law, school districts are required to provide an education to all students until the age of 17, even if the student is expelled. State law also requires school districts to provide an education to special education students until they reach the age of 21.

Hilliard said all of the seniors are at least 17 years old, but two are special education students. Limestone County is required to offer them an education whether it be through a home schooling schedule or an alternative school.

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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