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Teen gets probation for hazing: Canada

By Jason Warick, Saskatchewan News NetworkDecember 16, 2009

A 16-year-old Turtleford-area boy has been sentenced to 12 months of probation for photographing and participating in a lengthy hazing of another boy who passed out at a party in the spring

A 16-year-old Turtleford-area boy has been sentenced to 12 months of probation for photographing and participating in a lengthy hazing of another boy who passed out at a party in the spring
Photograph by: Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix file photo

A 16-year-old Turtleford-area boy has been sentenced to 12 months of probation for photographing and participating in a lengthy hazing of another boy who passed out at a party in the spring.

The youth had originally been charged with sexual assault, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of common assault. Sexual assault charges laid against five other males are still before the courts and will likely be set for trial in the new year, said Crown prosecutor Suzanne Reid.

The victim had profanities drawn with marker on his body and face, had testicles dragged across his face and endured an attempt to shove a beer bottle in his anus, says an agreed statement of facts read Tuesday in St. Walburg court.

The 16-year-old, who chronicled the ordeal, cannot be identified because of his age. He had a set of conditions placed on him, such as an order to abstain from alcohol and to perform 50 hours of community service. There was no order to stay away from the victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the incident, Reid said.

On Friday, March 13, in a village northwest of the Battlefords, a boy held a party in his basement. His parents were present upstairs during the party, attended by about 25 people.

The offender got to the party at about 11 p.m. and left shortly after noon the next day. Most of the people at the party, including the offender and the victim, were drinking alcohol, despite many of them being younger than the legal age to do so, according to the statement of facts.

The victim, who also cannot be identified, arrived at the party after midnight. The victim was drinking beer and became intoxicated, passing out in the basement bedroom, the statement says.

After the victim passed out, he “was drawn on with a marker, had shaving cream put on various parts of his body, including on his anus, and persons other than (the offender) made attempts to shove a beer bottle up his anus. (The victim) was also ‘t-bagged’ while he was unconscious, which involved testicles being dragged across his face,” the statement says.

The offender took pictures and video with his cellular phone. The offender “also personally put shaving cream on (the victim) and wrote on him while he was unconscious,” according to the statement.

Two of the males charged have sexual assault trials set for mid-April. Three others had their cases adjourned until Jan. 19. At that time, it’s expected a trial date will be set, Reid said.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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