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Wrestlers from Texas at Oklahoma camp accused of beating–face only in-school punishment

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By STACI HUPP / The Dallas Morning News
shupp@dallasnews.com
Three Wylie High School wrestlers face out-of-school suspension or other punishment for allegedly hazing and assaulting underclassmen at a college wrestling camp earlier this month, school officials said Friday.

The Wylie wrestling coach brought the team home early from a University of Oklahoma camp after a student reported that three Wylie upperclassmen had pinned down freshman Josh Blanton in a campus dormitory and repeatedly kicked him in the genitals.

“It was pretty embarrassing when it happened,” said Josh, 14. “There were a lot of people around. It hurt.”

Coach Andrew Wight had lectured the same boys earlier in the week for allegedly duct-taping another underclassman’s arms to his bed, said Wylie ISD Superintendent John Fuller.

School officials are investigating whether more hazing incidents took place at the camp. Josh said upperclassmen targeted at least six freshmen.

Dr. Fuller would not disclose the names of the wrestlers who will be disciplined, but he said high school officials determined their guilt after talking to students, parents and Mr. Wight.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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