Hazing News

Four Carmel High School basketball former players charged

The word hazing isn’t used in the charges. No felony charges were levied.

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Senior basketball players Robert Kitzinger and Brandon Hoge were charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal recklessness for an incident that occurred on a team bus on January 22. The bus was bringing the team home from a game in Terre Haute.

“The grand jury on each of the last counts, the Class B misdemeanor battery, all involved the bus incident in Hendricks County,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp.

Seniors Oscar Falodun and Scott Laskowski were also indicted on misdemeanor battery and criminal recklessness charges for a January 8 incident in a school locker room.

Class A misdemeanors can carry up to a year of jail time, while a Class B misdemeanor could mean up to 180 days in jail. Both charges could bring fines up to $5,000.

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. 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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