Hazing News

Paddling incident

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

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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