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Lavernia School Superintendent Opens Discussion on Sexual Assaults Allegations

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La Vernia’s school superintendent denies having any prior knowledge of the disturbing allegations of sexual abuse in his district. He tells News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila he first became aware of complaints a few weeks before police started arresting students.

Dr. Jose Moreno tells me he still believes any sexually abusive conduct was limited to a relatively small number of students. And it wasn’t known about or tolerated by coaches and administrators.

When asked when he first learned some misconduct might be taking place Moreno responded, “Mid-February. We received some allegations that were reported to us, and we immediately notified the authorities.”

That was about a month before a police investigation resulted in the first of thirteen arrests. All are students, some are adults, and some still juveniles. They’ve been accused of sadistic hazing initiations.

One student claims fellow football players sodomized him with a flashlight. On another occasion a threaded end of a carbon dioxide tank was allegedly used.

A federal lawsuit filed by parents’ claims football coaches were made aware of one attack in 2015 ……..

 

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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