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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

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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