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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

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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