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Here’s why the Geneseo volleyball player reported the hazing: report

Geneseo volleyball player reported the hazing because she said she was abandoned by teaammates, passed out, and was taken to hospital by strangers:

Geneseo, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo freshman who reported a hazing incident to Geneseo police says she passed out in her own vomit after her fellow volleyball players refused to walk her back to her dorm.

13WHAM obtained the student’s statement Wednesday.

In it, she claims the SUNY Geneseo women’s volleyball team held an off-campus party earlier this month in which freshman players were handcuffed, blindfolded and forced to drink shots of liquor.

11 female students have since been charged with misdemeanors.

The alleged victim says, “I stumbled and I hit my head on the table and I hit my tooth on something … The liquid hurt my tooth because it was chipped when I hit it.”

She says she was then left alone to walk back to her dorm, but didn’t make it 30 feet before passing out on the grass.

She says after a group of 2 or 3 people found her she was taken to the hospital to have her stomach pumped.

Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey says the student had a blood alcohol content 3 times the legal limit to drive.

“I think at this party, there was more than just binge drinking,” McCaffrey said.

One student who told 13WHAM she was friends with the volleyball players said the whole story has been overblown.

Some fellow students agree.

“They’re college girls, they’re going to party,” said SUNY Geneseo student Nick Stefano. “Just because they play a sport they shouldn’t have been held accountable for something they’re not, they’re just students having fun.”

Not so says SUNY Geneseo student Jaclyn Hellreich.

“I don’t know if it’s criminal … but it’s not something that is done here and it’s not something that we accept,” Hellreich said.

McCaffrey says he has no intention of seeking jail time in this case, but hopes it serves as a lesson.

“Someone in that condition could possibly die and it has happened here at SUNY Geneseo in the past so to say this was blown out of proportion is a gross misstatement,” he said.

The students are due back in court next month.

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.

One reply on “Here’s why the Geneseo volleyball player reported the hazing: report”

I just read the update of the SUNY Geneseo volleyball player who ended up in the hospital and getting her stomach pumped due to binge drinking. Handcuffed, blindfolded and forced to drink shots then left alone to find her way home and that’s not hazing, really?
I was shocked when a student, Nick Stefano, stated they shouldn’t be held accountable for something they are not and “they’re just students having fun”. That’s the problem as I see it, young people today not wanting to or being held responsible for their actions. I see it and read it every day that this generation of young adults not being raised to face the consequences of bad behavior, this I blame on the parents. Why is it that a generation has been raised not knowing (or caring?) that some behavior is wrong; especially when it results in hospitalization or worse, death. Don’t these students have a conscience? Apparently not… Why do they even want to inflict pain on another human being? I realize that there are good, responsible young adults in this world (I raised one) and that they are doing some remarkable things in this world. I do wish though that some of these responsible students would start standing up for the victims of hazing and say enough. Now that’s a revolution in the schools I would like to see; students standing together to stop this dangerous ritual of hazing.
Until our young realize that they are held responsible for their actions this may be a tough battle for a while. But keep fighting we must for along the way some lives just might be saved and some quiet voices just might find the strength to say “this needs to stop”.

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