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Oregonian: Was Hazing by Oregon Basketball Players Punished Enough?

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At least seven Woodburn High School junior varsity boys basketball players were removed from the team and suspended from school after four freshman players were allegedly subjected to hazing.

The alleged incidents occurred before Christmas, school district Superintendent David Bautista said Thursday.

Bautista did not give details of the specific alleged acts.

The players are from the Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology and from the Wellness, Business & Sports School. They have been suspended since Jan. 14 pending the results of an investigation by school police affiliated with the Woodburn Police Department.

Coach Joel Dunn and his staff are being investigated for potential lack of supervision of the players.

Bautista said a parent reported the alleged actions to an assistant basketball coach.

Bautista described the incidents as involving bullying that resulted in no serious injuries. The Woodburn Independent reported the hazing involved “grabbing and punching victims in the groin area.”

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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