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Threat of lewd hazing in Kansas sidelines starters

From today’s news briefs:

The high school football season gets underway in Kansas this weekend, but one team is kicking off the season with some of its players on the sidelines amid allegations of hazing.

It was after the football team finished up their practice in Douglass last Thursday. They headed into the lockerroom and things got out of hand.

Three upperclassmen are at the center of the scandal that involved holding down a freshman and threatening to insert a shampoo bottle into his rectum.

Word began to travel fast throughout the school the next day. Some kids were shocked, while others say the seniors never intended to actually carry out the act.

Nevertheless, Douglass School Superintendent Jim Keller has suspended the seniors. “I hope this teaches everyone a lesson,” says Keller. “Hazing will not be tolerated.”

The Douglass football team opens their season Friday against top ranked Garden Plain, but the seniors involved in the incident will be forced to watch from the stands.

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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