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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

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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