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Counselor weighs in on hazing allegations in valley high school
Posted: Sep 20, 2010 10:27 PM Updated: Sep 20, 2010 11:47 PM
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By Margo Gray – bio | email

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Alleged hazing at the fieldhouse of Elkmont High, a serious allegation involving some varsity football players, is catching the attention of many across the valley including Conflict Resolution Counselor, Frank Morales.

“Call it what you want, a right of passage or a ritual, but the concept of hazing is wrong,” said Morales.

Headlines for years have highlighted the issue that Morales said continues to be growing in our schools, clubs, and organizations.

“They make it seem like its an important part of becoming a team, so they make it seem like if you are not involved with that or you don’t put up with it, you are less than and don’t deserve to be part of the team.”

Accusations came out Monday that two victims on Elkmont High’s football team were being victimized by fellow teammates.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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