Hazing News

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

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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