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Sebastian River High School investigates players

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SRHS baseball players’ actions get coach put on leave of absence

By Laurel Scheffel, Colleen Wixon

Saturday, April 12, 2008

— Sebastian River High School baseball coach George Young has been placed on a leave of absence from coaching while school officials investigate an alleged hazing incident among players at an out-of-town tournament last week.

Some players have been suspended from school and the team because of the allegations, which Schools Superintendent Harry La Cava said involved the possible hazing of a ball player. He and SRHS Principal Peggy Jones declined to go into details about what may have happened.

School administrators are trying to sort out the details, he said.

Jones declined to say how many students were suspended.

Young has not been suspended from his job as SRHS physical education teacher, La Cava said.

The incident allegedly happened last week when the team played in a tournament in Fort Lauderdale and stayed overnight.

Jones thought the prudent move would be to relieve Young of his coaching duties during the investigation, La Cava said.

Young, who has a 193-189-1 career record at Sebastian River, did not return calls on Friday. A woman who answered his cell phone said he did not have any comment. Athletic Director Michael Stutzke said he had no comment.

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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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