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Oregon’s Woodburn HS athletic hazing settled as juvenile matter

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Woodburn High School basketball players accused of hazing other students have come to an agreement with the juvenile court.The school says eight members of the JV team were suspened in January for harassing teammates on campus. Four freshman members of the team reported the hazing.Investigators say the older students grabbed the victims and punched them in the groin area. The district attorney’s office reviewed the case and ruled the hazing was not considered sexual abuse.Now, the Marion County Juvenile Department says the players must meet several probationary requirements over the next six months or face more severe legal penalties.The students can’t have any contact with the victims, must meet a set curfew and they have to maintain good attendance at school.

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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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