Hazing News

Newspaper backs board on the firing of a popular coach after players behaved badly

One of the strongest newspaper endorsements AGAINST coddling coaches whoe players engage in improper touching and hazing I have seen.
[Capital Coach Doug]Galloway took his team to a summer basketball camp at Western Washington University in late June and during a period when the players were left unsupervised by coaches, a hazing of younger players occurred. Worse, the incident involved unwanted sexual contact, according to both the police report and the district’s own investigation.

The coach’s failure to put an adequate supervision plan in place that would have protected the victims is reason enough not to renew his contract. But this may not have been the first time a hazing incident occurred on Galloway’s watch.

A similar assault on the team’s younger players may have occurred last summer. During its current investigation, one of those involved in the hazing at WWU reported he was similarly abused in an incident last year at a basketball camp in Oregon.

The district and the school board needed to send a strong message, and it did: Hazing of any sort is not OK.

The cycle of abuse between last year’s incident and the current one must not develop into a nudge-nudge, wink-wink interpretation of consent. It must be stamped out quickly, and children must feel free to report misconduct of any kind.

No student reported the Oregon hazing incident, probably out of shame, fear or both.

There is no greater responsibility for high school or university coaches than the educating, nurturing and protecting of children under their charge.

This incident should be the canary in the coal mine for every other coach in every other sport in every other school district in Thurston County.

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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. 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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