Hazing News

Letter to the editor from a concerned parent

Moderator: The following is an excerpt from a letter written by a concerned parent

objecting to the Owen Valley High School/JHS hazing allegations. No charges have

been placed at this time. In the rest of the letter the writer makes a compelling argument that charges are deserving–HN

This is not the first time Owen Valley High School and/or Jr. High has had these problems.  My son went through the same thing 5 years ago. The school promised it wouldn’t happen again.  We filed a lawsuit to stop it from happening again. Less than 5 months after settling out of court (4 1/2 years later) it has happened again. The school system will brush this under the rug. It will happen over and over again until someone prosecutes these coaches, school 0fficials, and the students behind the hazing.

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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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