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Reader questions whether race and power influenced Arizona camper call

Moderator: FYI. Winslow, AZ high school basketball players were sent to jail for up
to 9 months in a sexual hazing five years ago. The victim was white. The hazers were minorities. Now read this commentary.

Background on the 2000 case:

Winslow High School (Arizona)
Sexual hazing alleged (basketball/track)

Members of a girl’s athletic squad charged that they saw evidence of male athletes being
inappropriately mishandled with fingers and objects. Basketball coach Daniel Gonzalez was
indicted on three felony counts of child abuse. The case is sad, involving students who were
regarded as top student athletes in the hazing. One star, an African American, was sentenced to 9 months in jail. He later lost his scholarship to Northern Azrizona University but made the team as a walk-on. ABC covered the case, and (disclosure) this moderator followed it for CNN and ABC.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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.

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