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Hazing leads to punishments at California high school

The Modesto Bee says that severe hazing at Hughson High involved the football team.



Stanislaus County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Rakoncza confirmed that his department is investigating an incident “at the high school involving students.”

“We are not releasing any information on the case at this time,” Rakoncza said in an email.

It is unclear when the incident occurred or how many students were involved. However, Huskies head coach George Harp has been placed on administrative leave, according to sources.

Harp would not confirm that Tuesday afternoon but said he was not on the sideline Friday when Hughson played Riverbank.

“I would rather not comment on anything at this time,” said Harp, a physical education teacher at Emilie J. Ross Middle School in Hughson and a graduate of Hughson High.

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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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