Hazing News

KTUU: Dimond Back

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – The Dimond High School varsity football team took to the field Saturday afternoon, playing against East High School after a two-week suspension.

Parents and coaches said Saturday at the game that they were excited to see the team play again, though some parents expressed lingering frustration about the suspension.

The parent of an alleged victim told Channel 2 they would’ve preferred the team not play again so soon, but that the boys did appear happy to be taking the field.

“Kids really want to be on a team, they really want to be part of a team, they really are excited to be back,” said Derek Brewer, the new Dimond High School head coach. He was named in the position following the firing of former head coach Benardo Otero and two assistant coaches by the Anchorage School District.

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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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