High School Hazing

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BLOG POST #8: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three high school boys charged with sex crimes.

Two older boys, age 17, were charged with sexual penetration with a foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of sexual battery and four counts of hazing.

The younger boy, age 16, was charged with sexual penetration with a foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of hazing.

According to the information reported regarding this case, hazing at the high school level is becoming more frequent for sports teams. Rumors of a twisted hazing ritual called “el palo”, meaning “the stick” circulated throughout the high school. Four boys who made it to the varsity soccer team alleged the rumor turned out to be fact. They claimed to have been assaulted and sodomized with a stick in a storage room near the coach’s office.

One of the 17-year old boys charged with the crimes and the 16-year old boy pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of hazing. Neither crime was classified as a sex crime under state law. They were sentenced to probation.

The other 17-year old, admitted to a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a broken flagpole, as well as a misdemeanor of hazing. This crime was also not classified as a sex crime under state law. He was sentenced to three months in a juvenile camp.

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-Robin

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