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Last Edited: Friday, 28 Sep 2007, 5:22 PM EDT
Created: Friday, 28 Sep 2007, 5:09 PM EDT

An investigation is underway into allegations of hazing involving some high school football players. Disciplinary action has already been taken against some upper classmen.

Four Loudonville High School students have been kicked off the football team permanently and suspended from school for five days following a police and school investigation into hazing allegations involving members of the freshman team. The Superintendent of the Loudonville School District says the alleged incident occured in August before school started.

Police notified the school district that they’d received an anonymous complaint on Tuesday. An investigation was immediately launched by police and the school district. All freshman football players were interviewed to find out if the hazing allegations were true. Investigators say there is more than one victim. Loudonville Police Chief Scott Shoudt says “hitting is what we were told but I can’t say what specific hitting or how it was done until the county prosecutor reviews it”.

The Superintendent says the allegations stem from the two-a-day football practices of the freshman football team.

The high school Principal, Ben Blubaugh, says what the upper classmen did to the freshman football players “crossed the line”. The Superintendent tells FOX 8, “We’re sending a message here that if we get reports that anything like this, it’s going to be dealt with and it’s going to be dealt with swiftly”.

Once police wrap up their investigation they’ll turn their information over to the Ashland County prosecutor who will decide whether criminal charges will be filed.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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