Hazing News

Update on Flower Mound wrestling party

Flower Mound High School
Denton County, Texas
Hazing admissions and denials

About the only thing residents of Denton County agree upon is that they disagree upon whether antics by wrestlers at a 2005 pool party at a private residence constituted hazing. A judge ruled that he saw no evidence that compelled him to proceed with hazing charges against a coach and several wrestlers. However, the Dallas Morning News said allegations originally were that the incident was an initiation in which sexual assaults and beatings took place. The Morning News reported that “three juveniles, including at least one initially charged with sexual assault, pleaded true to assault charges in adjudicated agreements.” An 18-year-old was given probation and community service, according to the paper.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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.

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