Hazing News

WIVB: Last Wilson puzzle piece

Teen who took plea deal
learns fate

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 6:42 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 6:39 AM EDT

* Posted by: Emily Lenihan

WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former Wilson High School baseball player who took a plea deal in an alleged hazing case, is expected to learn his fate Tuesday.

The 19 year old pleaded guilty last May to child endangerment.

He’s set to be sentenced in Wilson Town Court Tuesday.

Two 17 year olds were acquitted of charges last month.

Charges against coaches William Atlas and Thomas Baia were dropped in July as well.

The three varsity players were accused of hazing two JV players on a bus last year.

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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