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More hazing-rape at the high school level. This time it’s Ohio

Teens Arrested On Rape Charges In Alleged Hazing Incident

TALLMADGE, Ohio — Two Tallmadge teens have been charged with rape in connection with an alleged hazing incident.

Police said the charges against 16- and 17-year-old stem from an incident at Tallmadge High School in August.

The 16-year-old was charged with a felony count of delinquency by rape and a misdemeanor count of delinquency by hazing.

The 17-year-old was charged with a felony count of delinquency by complicity to commit rape and a misdemeanor count of delinquency by hazing.

The teens are being held at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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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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