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Excerpt and link: PITTSFIELD — The head of school at Maine Central Institute on Wednesday announced her intention to step down.Joanne Szadkowski, whose resignation is effective June 30, 2008, cited only a desire to “pursue new opportunities” in a release announcing her decision.The school has seen some controversy in recent months.

Part of October’s homecoming celebration was canceled in the wake of a hazing incident involving five girls “with hands, feet and mouths duct taped,” according to a police report.

“It was a hazing incident,” Szadkowski told the Morning Sentinel at the time. “It was fun and class spirit that got escalated. MCI is handling the incident and I hope that the community appreciates that we did not look the other way.”

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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