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June 25, 2012 | By Brock Vergakis, Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. - A Navy hazing case that led to the firing of the top enlisted officer aboard a nuclear submarine was sparked by gay jokes about a sailor who said another man tried to rape him while in a foreign port, according to an investigative report obtained by the Associated Press. The report sheds light on a hazing case that led to the reassignment of Master Chief Machinist's Mate Charles Berry, who had been serving as "chief of the boat" on the Kings Bay, Ga.-based USS Florida.
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December 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DECATUR, GA. - The funeral for a Florida A&M University drum major turned into a call for action yesterday as speakers urged an end to the hazing linked to the death of Robert Champion. Hundreds of friends and family crowded the pews at a church near Atlanta, and Champion's drum-major uniform was on display next to his open casket. Members of the marching band from Southwest DeKalb High School, where Champion attended, performed in full regalia at the beginning and end of the service.
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May 2, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A high school baseball coach in Burlington County has stepped down following an investigation into the March 16 hazing of one of his players. The Florence Township Board of Education voted, 7-0, this week to accept Joseph Frappolli Jr.'s request to take an unpaid leave of absence for the rest of the season after published reports said a varsity player had been restrained and bitten by teammates during a hazing ritual. Superintendent Donna Ambrosius said last month that students were disciplined in the incident, but would provide no other details.
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May 24, 2012 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed on a bus was known for his opposition to hazing but agreed to go through a brutal initiation ritual because it was seen as an honor, according to interviews with bandmates released Wednesday. Robert Champion, 26, had asked all season to go through the hazing ritual known as "crossing over," defendant Jonathan Boyce said. Multiple witnesses say the ordeal involved the participant going from the front to the back of the bus while others beat the person.
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October 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours before a Central Bucks school board meeting where parents will undoubtedly demand to know more about alleged hazing at a family football picnic, the Central Bucks West head football coach said Tuesday he hopes it was a "one-time, isolated incident" and that the players are "inherently good young men. " In a statement released by his attorney, coach Brian Hensel said the Aug. 16 hazing - which has been described as players groping the private...
SPORTS
April 19, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Franklin & Marshall College fired its women's lacrosse coach and suspended upperclassmen players following a complaint over a hazing incident last year, school officials said. Vice president of communications Cass Cliatt said Wednesday the school fired head coach Lauren Paul on Tuesday and suspended the players after confirming details of the hazing. "Coaches at F&M are educators," Cliatt said. "F&M expects all coaches to be responsible for maintaining a supportive environment and an atmosphere of trust consistent with the educational goals of the institution, and to serve as guardians over the health and well-being of their players.
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January 18, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference supports Vermont's decision to cancel the rest of its hockey season because of hazing. Phillip Buttafuoco, the commissioner of the league, said the problems caused by schedule adjustments were secondary to the importance of the decision. Buttafuoco, speaking during a conference call, described what happened at Vermont as a "very difficult situation that, unfortunately, exists on many college campuses. " Most of the schedule changes involve Dartmouth, Vermont's travel partner.
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November 3, 1987 | By Jim Haner, Special to The Inquirer
Although Jeffery Furek knew that the initiation rites of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at the University of Delaware were called "hell night," he didn't think this would be literally true. But according to testimony last week before a Superior Court jury here, Furek, then 19 and a sophomore, was led blindfolded, along with two other pledges, through a hazing ritual that ended with their being drenched in pancake batter, syrup, ketchup, eggs and the contents of a large white bottle.
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May 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Twelve current or former members of the Penn State wrestling team have been disciplined by the university following a school investigation into alleged hazing and underage drinking. The 12 wrestlers violated the university's code of conduct or team rules or both, Penn State said yesterday in a statement. A university official said it was not school policy to release names in cases with no criminal charges. The judicial affairs office began investigating after pictures were e-mailed in March to coach Troy Sunderland and posted on the Internet.
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August 28, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A first-year player who was in training camp with the New Orleans Saints has spoken out about injuries he suffered during a hazing incident. "My worst street fight when I was a little kid wasn't this bad," Jeff Danish, who has since been released by the Saints, said from his home in New York City. "I thought the least the Saints could do was wait to release me after my wounds healed. I feel someone should be responsible. " Danish ran through a gantlet of approximately 20 fist-swinging teammates at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse during the early-morning hours of Aug. 20. He said he was struck with a bag of coins, punched, kicked and elbowed.
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July 24, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Starting Saturday, middle and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peers, as new state regulations go into effect following several high-profile incidents at local schools. The state's anti-hazing law had applied only to college students, but in May, Gov. Wolf signed a bill extending its penalties to seventh through 12th graders. The changes kick in just in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year, and about five months after Chester County officials revealed a culture of hazing at Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.
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May 27, 2016 | By Carley Mossbrook, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Soon, college fraternities and sports teams won't be the only ones who can be punished for hazing. Gov. Wolf signed a bill Tuesday that will broaden Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law to cover middle and high schools, and require districts to adopt and enforce anti-hazing policies. "Children need to be able to come to school and learn, as well as after school," Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan said. "Only when they feel safe will they be able to do that. " The push to strengthen the law was spurred by hazing incidents across the state and country that included forced alcohol consumption, sleep-deprivation, humiliation, and sex acts.
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April 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
Vincent DiMartini seemed to crystallize the angry skepticism that drew more than 150 people last week to the Conestoga High School auditorium. Conestoga is where three senior football players stand accused of assaulting a freshman teammate by violating him with a broom handle. School officials called the meeting to let parents air concerns and ask questions, even if they couldn't get answers. DiMartini, a retired police officer, asserted that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had "sensationalized" what happened that day in the locker room last fall, in a bid to get before the cameras and discredit the top-ranking high school.
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March 15, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The allegations were horrific: Two football players at an academically elite high school held down a smaller freshman teammate trying to escape a hazing ritual, while a third used a broom handle to penetrate the younger boy's rectum. The three Conestoga High School students were charged with assault, unlawful restraint, and other counts - but not hazing. The lack of a hazing charge was the result of a "glaring omission" in state law, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
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March 7, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
The madness continues. In October 2014, seven football players from Sayreville War Memorial High (N.J.) were accused of brutally hazing four teammates in the locker room. Soon after, it was revealed that Central Bucks West High players had subjected rookies to "humiliating" hazing in a preseason football initiation. And this past week it came to light that a weekly ritual dubbed "No-Gay Thursday" was going on at Conestoga High for at least three years. It was a day when players considered certain sexual behavior permissible.
NEWS
February 10, 2016
Police are investigating reports of hazing by football players in one of the region's elite school districts. The players are current or former members of the Conestoga High School team, according to the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in Chester County. "The District places the highest priority on student safety and, to that end, is cooperating in any way it can with law enforcement officials," school officials posted on the district's website. District officials and the Tredyffrin Township Police Department directed questions to the Chester County District Attorney's Office, but DA Tom Hogan declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
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December 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Brutal fraternity hazing led to the suicide of a Pennsylvania State University student, according to a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia by his father. Marquise Braham, 18, jumped from the roof of an 11-story hotel on Long Island on March 14, 2014, a day before he was to return to Penn State Altoona and rejoin the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court by his father, Rich, a senior editor at ABC News, alleges that the fraternity's hazing included choosing between snorting a line of cocaine or being sodomized on video; having guns pointed at the pledges' heads; being burned with candle wax; forcing pledges to fight one another; and forcing them to consume alcohol for the purpose of vomiting.
NEWS
September 10, 2015
Two former St. Joseph University softball players have settled suits against the school and its varsity coach that alleged hazing and sexual misconduct, according to court papers filed Tuesday. A spokesman for St. Joseph's declined to comment. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs did not return a call for comment. The women filed suit in May and June, alleging that older members bullied and hazed younger members and that both the university and the coach knew and did nothing to stop it. They contended in the suit they were made to drink alcohol and forced to engage in sexually demeaning acts.
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August 16, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since it went live in June, a website that contains a petition to end hazing at fraternities, a roster of cases related to physical and sexual abuse in the Greek system, and a plethora of related documents, has drawn brisk traffic. Aaron Freiwald, a creator of endhazingnow.com, says the site is about more than the civil suit filed by his client, James Vivenzio, against Pennsylvania State University and the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. But the attorney for the fraternity's national organization contends the site is about a lawyer selling his services and is an abuse of something ordinarily out of the public eye - the pretrial discovery process.
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May 3, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's University has suspended play for its women's varsity softball team for the rest of the season following an internal investigation into allegations of hazing. The team had three games remaining in the season. It's unclear whether the team would have made postseason play. "Due to violations of campus community standards, the women's softball team will not be participating in scheduled contests for the remainder of the season," the university said in a statement Friday.
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