Hazing News

Mystery tour: what happened in New York stays in South Carolina

From the Anderson Independent Mail:

ANDERSON — Three or four McCants Middle School students may or may not be in school Monday, following an investigation by Anderson School District 5 into an alleged hazing incident.

Officials with the Anderson-based district would not comment about the incident other than to release a statement Friday.

In the statement, the district said it is investigating the incident that happened during a recent 8th grade trip to New York City.

“The administration at McCants Middle School was made aware of an incident that allegedly occurred on an out-of-state 8th grade field trip,” district officials said in the statement. “The administration immediately began investigating the allegations. Although the district cannot discuss confidential student matters, we can state emphatically that this incident will be fully investigated and any students who are determined to have engaged in misconduct will be punished in accord with established district policy.”

The family of the reported victim declined to comment.

According to parents of McCants students who did not wish to be identified, the students went to Washington, D.C., New York City and Hershey, Penn., and visited such sites as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Statue of Liberty and saw a Broadway show. Parents pay nearly $1,000 per child for the trip. This is the 10th year students have taken the trip. McCants students in 7th grade take a trip to Jekyll Island, Ga., they said.

Details of the incident being investigated could not be confirmed.

Randall Williams, spokesman for the City of Anderson Police Department, said no reports had been filed at the police department regarding such an incident. Even if a complaint were filed, the police department would not be able to investigate it, he said.

“If it happened in New York City, it would have to be investigated there,” he said.
E.W. Scripps Co.
© 2006 The Anderson Independent Mail

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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