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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

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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