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Police investigate second possible Plantation hazing

Sebastian River still investigating baseball incident

By Colleen Wixon

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

SEBASTIAN — More than a month after a hazing incident involving the Sebastian River High School baseball team allegedly occurred, School District officials say they’re still investigating.

Schools Superintendent Harry La Cava said the district still is in the process of compiling facts in the issue.

“We’re still finding people to talk with,” La Cava said.

La Cava said he didn’t know when the investigation would be complete. Until then, the district’s attorney has advised officials not to divulge any information about the case, he said.

According to a complaint parents of a player on the team filed April 7 with School Resource Officer Mark Howder, the incident happened March 31 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Plantation. The team was staying at the hotel overnight while competing in the Nova Spring Break Classic.

Five students were suspended last month in association with the incident. Of the five, two were suspended for five days and three were suspended for 10 days.

Head baseball coach George Young and assistant baseball coach Christopher Rahal were temporarily placed on a leave of absence from their coaching duties. The baseball season now is over.

Last month, Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Luther said the Sheriff’s Office has come up with new information indicating a second incident may have occurred.

Luther said there are no updates at this time.

“It’s still under investigation,” Luther said.

Staff Writer Laurel Scheffel contributed to this report.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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