Hazing News

Michigan case ends in sentencing: Grand Rapids Press

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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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