Hazing News

Frightening Halloween Hazing


Note: This incident was reported to police weeks after it occurred. In our opinion

the board and principal seriously erred in waiting so long to report the

incident to authorities.

Citizens express concerns over alleged hazing, basketball

By Lee Farren
The East Oregonian

Concerned citizens asked the Ukiah School Board Wednesday about a hazing incident on Halloween involving teenagers who are students at the school.

Superintendent Dan Korber said that his staff had carried out an investigation and that he believes the school is a safe place for all students. Details of the incident are protected by student confidentiality, he said.

Later in the meeting, the board went into closed session to discuss the incident, after which the board directed Korber to contact the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office to provide information and make staff and students available for interviews as necessary.

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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