Hazing News

Unexplored Issues in bus attacks

There is one area that journalists and commentators like myself have missed entirely as
we cover the hazing assaults and even alleged sexual assaults like the one involving the basketball team at Carmel High School north of Indianapolis.

Namely, the bus company and its driver need to contribute what they know.

What is the bus company’s position on pasengers (coaches or athletes) walking about (let alone conducting a reign of terror of sorts) the bus when it is in motion?

Who was the driver of the Carmel HS basketball bus on the day of the alleged attacks? What does he/she say he/she saw in his mirror while driving on the day these alleged attacks occurred?

Did he file any reports documenting suspicious or potentially illegal conduct on the Carmel HS basketball bus?

Does the bus company have any other disturbance reports for Carmel HS involving athletic teams?

Have there been any fights aboard Carmel buses in general?

Finally…Are schoolbus companies–owned by a school district or chartered– required in any way to report fights, potential crimes, assaults on buses to any other authority? If so, there may be a paper trail on the Carmel basketball incident.

If NOT, should they be so required?

Respectfully submitted, Hank Nuwer

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 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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