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Michigan case ends in sentencing: Grand Rapids Press

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WEST OLIVE — The father of a victim in the Coopersville Schools hazing incident earlier this year criticized Ottawa County prosecutors today for not pursuing harsher sentences against four teens convicted of gross indecency.

“As far as I’m concerned, they did us no justice at all,” the father said. “If they were our attorneys, I would have fired them a long time ago.”

The father spoke as Ottawa County Family Court Referee Barbara Forman issued a sentence of at least six months probation and 26 hours of community service for Robert Miller, 17, the last teen to be sentenced after all four entered pleas to gross indecency.

Parents of two teen victims who were assaulted in the school locker room wanted detention and group counseling for the suspects.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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