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Football Coach Suspended in Hazing Incident

Karen Zatkulak of WTVC (Chattanooga, TN)

The head football caoch at Bledsoe County High School has been suspended for seven days. School Superintendent Philip Kiper tells that Coach Hubert Roberson will be punished as a result of a hazing incident among the players last Wednesday.

Kiper says they will also be suspending some students on Thursday. He says there was neglect on the part of the coach to leave the players alone during an athletic period during school hours. Freshmen players said they were forced by the seniors to beat each other up with bats and bags.

So far no criminal charges have been filed, but Newschannel 9 did speak with Sheriff Jim Morris at the school today who says he is investigating.

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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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