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Washington State hazing might have had criminal charges by perps




Posted yesterday at 5:40 PM

“Messed up and horrible.”

That’s how one witness described a hazing incident involving Capital High School students at a Western Washington University basketball camp.

The account is detailed in a police report released by WWU Police Thursday, which outlines how at least eight upper-classmen “wrestled three boys to the ground.”  In at least one case, the report states “older boys (were) putting their fingers inside” younger boys.

Included in the report is information from the victim’s parents, who say their son “has not mentioned anything about the incident to his parents” and that he had been enrolled in counseling.  They added they did not want to press charges.

Eleven-year head boys basketball coach Doug Galloway lost his job over the hazing for “lack of adequate supervision,” according to the Olympia School District.

Ever since, a group of parents and students have tried to get Galloway his position back.  They created a Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers.

District spokesperson Ryan Betz said Thursday the administration stands behind its decision.

“The district has said he’s a good coach,” Betz explained. “He’s a good teacher.  That’s why he continues to maintain his job as a teacher.

“It’s a serious enough incident that the supervision needed to be there and he needed to be held accountable.”

Galloway said he was at a social event with other coaches when the hazing happened.  Police reports show he notified Child Protective Services and University Police the morning after when he learned of the incident.

While the district said the students were unsupervised, Galloway said there was a coach on-hand.

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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