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Allegations of hazing being investigated in St. Paul

Story below by the Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 8:25 pm |

Allegations of high school hazing involving students in the central Nebraska town of St. Paul were being investigated over the weekend.

About 100 students were reportedly involved in the Friday afternoon incident.

Howard County Attorney Robert Sivick described the hazing as a “perverse tradition” at St. Paul High School in which upperclassmen take underclassmen to the nearby Middle Loup River for hazing.

Sivick declined to say specifically what the students were doing but said there were allegations of students being thrown in the water against their will.

Sivick was unaware of any injuries.

No charges will be forthcoming until investigators with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office have a better idea of what happened, Sivick said. Because of the number of students involved, that could take days.

St. Paul, which has about 2,200 people, is located about 20 miles north of Grand Island.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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