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Willingboro High School (Pennsylvania) settlement reached

Excerpt: WILLINGBORO – The Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by a former Willingboro High School football player, who alleged he was physically and sexually abused by teammates during a hazing incident at a summer sports camp in 2006.

The board agreed to pay a “substantial amount” to settle the case with the student and his mother, who were plaintiffs in the 2007 complaint. The terms of the settlement called for the exact amount to be kept confidential.

The boy had sought unspecified damages; the court documents state he had accrued about $3 million in medical bills and other costs.

No taxpayer money was used to pay the settlement, according to the teenager’s attorney, John Borbi of Evesham.

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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