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Word games after locker room urine incident in Illinois

Glenbard East High School
Lombard, Illinois
Urinating on a teammate called a prank, not criminal hazing

School officials have maintained that the locker room attack of a baseball player urinating on a younger teammate as three mates held the boy down was a prank, not hazing, recalling similar school denials made in many other instances. According to the Daily Herald, a local police chef ruled it was a matter for school officials to punish, not a criminal matter. Those making the ruling that they considered the event non-hazing were Bob McBride, the school’s principal, the coach Nick Scipione, and Police Chief Raymond Byrne. Not even a police report was filed, according to the Daily Herald.

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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