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Oklahoma update

rosecutors considering charges in possible hazing

Associated Press – November 6, 2007 8:05 AM ET

ENID, Okla. (AP) – Prosecutors in two Oklahoma counties are considering charges over a possible hazing incident involving Cherokee High School students.

The prosecutors in Alfalfa and Noble counties are going over a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and say a decision on what if any charges will likely be made next week.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown says agents were asked by the Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Office in October to investigate hazing allegations.

Details of the alleged hazing haven’t been released.

OSBI Inspector Stan Florence says the incidents occurred in Alfalfa and possibly Noble counties and includes several potential victims and suspects.

Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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