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Hazing incident reported with choir

Link to story and Excerpt: CHESTERTON — Some Duneland School Corp. officials admitted a hazing incident among students occurred recently.But nobody, so far, is willing to discuss the details.

Several sources told the Post-Tribune that several choir students had been suspended for several days after hazing an underclassman on a school-sponsored choir trip.

Superintendent Dirk Baer decline to comment on whether a hazing had occurred.

Calls to Chesterton High School and choir director Christopher Brush were not returned.

But when asked if a hazing incident occurred, school board member Mike Trout replied, “Nothing I want to tell you about. There are some confidential things there. The kids have been reprimanded.”

“There was an incident,” board member John Marshall said. “I don’t have any details. Administration said they handled it.”

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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