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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

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 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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