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Truth or dare turns into false imprisonment: Lawsuit declares.

Oregon mom sues school administrators after truth or dare initiation.

Excerpt from Portland Tribune below

A former Lakeridge High School dancer and her mother told a U.S. District Court jury on Tuesday about a team sleepover that they say devolved from an innocent movie night into a dangerous initiation that involved hazing, bullying and worse.

The Lake Oswego School District and several current or former administrators — Superintendent Heather Beck, Lakeridge High Principal Jennifer Schiele and former Athletic Director Ian Lamont — all face a claim of negligence in the case. So do former dance team coaches Kayla and Ashley Nordlum and former parent volunteer Suzanne Young, who helped with team finances and photos.

In addition, Kayla Nordlum faces claims of false imprisonment, a violation of First Amendment rights and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are seeking economic and non-economic damages, as well as punitive damages for what court documents call a “malicious, oppressive and/or reckless disregard for plaintiffs’ rights.”


The former dancer, who is identified in court documents only as “S.A.,” was 14 years old when the alleged incidents took place. Now a high school senior at Lakeridge, she was the first to take the stand Tuesday in what is expected to be a four-day trial.

The girl told jurors that she and other dancers had gathered at a team member’s house for a sleepover and were about to get into their pajamas when plans changed from a movie night to something more.

“All of a sudden, two boys in costumes jumped out,” she said, “and the girls started yelling, ‘Initiation!”

Senior dancers then had the younger girls dress up in costumes and perform a variety of “dares” in downtown Lake Oswego after blindfolding them and making them ride on the floors of the seniors’ cars from location to location, she said.

“They said you have to do it, there was no option. It was just, ‘You’re going to do it,'” the former dancer testified. She said that some of the girls were dared to go into fast food restaurants and shout sexually suggestive things before the entire group was driven to Lakeridge High School.

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. 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. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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