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Nothing to cheer about in Katy

KATY, Texas, July 30 (UPI) — Texas officials say they are investigating a case involving several cheerleaders accused of endangering the safety of underclassmen during hazing rituals.At least a dozen varsity cheerleaders at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, are accused of hazing 14 junior varsity squad members last week, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported.

Some underclassmen said older cheerleaders bound their hands and forced them to wear blindfolds before throwing them into a pool.

“Once you duct tape someone’s hands, blindfold them throw them in a pool, start flicking their body parts, that’s way too far,” a junior varsity cheerleader’s sister said.

“The district is investigating an alleged off-campus incident possibly involving inappropriate behavior by certain students,” a Katy Independent School District official told reporters.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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