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Five charged in hazing-by-paddling of teen girl
The Chronicle-Telegram Staff

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Two adults and three teens were charged after paddling a 16-year-old North Ridgeville girl as part of a hazing incident that would allow the girl to hang out at an apartment.

The girl was seen “waddling” down the hallway at North Ridgeville High School on May 7, so school officials pulled her aside to find out what was going on, according to North Ridgeville police Lt. Mike Freeman.

Eventually, the girl told police she had been paddled the day before with a wooden paddle at an apartment just to have the ability to be there.

Due to the girl’s age and the severity of her injuries, the following people were charged:

— Michael D. Ford, 19, 6000 block of Jaycox Road, charged with hazing, assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— William P. Coventry II, 21, 36000 block of Westwood Drive, charged with hazing and assault.

— A 15-year-old boy, of the 6000 block of Albert Ave., and a 16-year-old girl, of the 9000 block of Root Road, both were charged with hazing and assault.

— A 17-year-old girl, of the 6700 block of Nicole Drive, was charged with obstructing official business.

Freeman said the house was a “flop house” of sorts …

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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