Hazing News

Gustine lawsuit heats up: Family of student allegedly hit with condoms hits back

Link to high school hazing story

Here is an excerpt and link to the Channel 3 breaking story of legal action following hazing rough-house antics allaged against the football team. One coach is already gone but named in suit. Moderator (story below)

The Gustine and Golden Valley Unified School Districts are facing a lawsuit amid claims of hazing among football players on the Gustine High School football team.

From Channel 3: A former student and his mother filed the suit after he allegedly suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse from older teammates.The student, then 14 years old, was allegedly assaulted with a battery-operated air pump, slapped with used condoms, and hit on the head with pillowcases filled with heavy objects.The charges are directed at coaches and school officials from the Gustine and Golden Valley Unified School Districts, four former players, and the players’ parents and guardians.Gustine police filed a report with the Madera County Sheriff’s Department detailing allegations of hazing at a football camp at Liberty High School in Brentwood on July 13-15, 2006.One coach named in the lawsuit has been placed on administrative leave.

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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