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Madison High School students post photos of bruises they say were inflicted during a hazing

The Clarion-Ledger disputes what school officials say happened at the beginning of school.

Excerpt: Photographs of bruised backsides of what appear to be Madison Central High School students contradict comments from school officials that recent alleged hazing incidents among students did not involve physical violence.

A number of photos posted on an Internet picture-sharing site, Instagram, are appended with captions that allude to MCHS and initiation activities, possibly involving paddling.

One photo of a purple and blue backside includes the caption, “We have been welcome to Madison central.”

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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