Hazing News

Sexual hazing alleged in Minnesota case–felony possible

Excerpt and Post-Bulletin story link (reporter Tim Ruzek):

The Post-Bulletin

A 17-year-old Austin boy is facing a felony charge for his role in hazing a fellow member of Austin High School’s boys hockey team in October.

The boy is charged in Mower Juvenile Court with a felony count of aiding and abetting indecent exposure and a gross-misdemeanor count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The juvenile petition was filed May 25.

According to the petition, a 16-year-old boy went to the Law Enforcement Center on Nov. 2 to report an assault. He told police he was participating in a captain’s preseason hockey practice at Packer Arena in Austin on Oct. 26. Coaches are not present at those practices.

After the practice, team members changed into clothes before going home to shower. The team captains already had left when someone hollered that there was a hockey meeting in the next room, the petition says. When the boy walked in, the 17-year-old allegedly grabbed him from behind, wrestled him to the floor and held his arms.

Another player who was naked then approached the boy and allegedly tried to make nonconsensual sexual contact with him, but the boy was able to push him away. The boy told police he was humiliated and frightened by the incident, which about 10 other people witnessed. Some were laughing and others told the boys to stop but no one came to the victim’s assistance, the petition says.

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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