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prinicpal caught in the headlights: a Mepham hazing update

[Previous entries on the Mepham hazing are here here here, here, here and here.]

Several Mepham football players are coming forward to say older teammates sexually abused them at a preseason training camp.

I take this to mean that other players are coming forward. This new bit of information means several things; first, it means that people are finally coming forward about the abuse. Second, it means that the tide is changing.

Parents want the principal fired. They are raising questions about the coaches and administration. As soon as the wave of adrenaline over this story crashes onto the school, people will talk. Perhaps they were waiting for the spotlight to be turned off of the actual abusers.

I've been complaining that people are blaming everyone but the people who committed these acts. However, the new spotlight on the principal will serve as a means to an end. Finally finding someone to lash out at, the kids and parents who have, until now, kept quiet, will come forward with more stories and facts about the camp abuse as well as any other assaults or threats that had taken place previous to the trip. The more facts the D.A. has, the more likely it is that the perpetrators will be charged with crimes.

Tomorrow, those who were issued subpoenas by the Pennsylvania DA's office will be able to go to Nassau County Court to fight the orders. It will be very interesting - and telling - to see who still doesn't want to speak up.

Still, one has to wonder why so many parents are clamoring for the principal to resign, but no one is screaming for the guilty students to be suspended for the school year. Another case of misplaced blame, though this time both parties seem to be guilty of something. The poor kids who were "hazed" are now the victims of both abuse and neglect.

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Comments

Yeah, keep that "hazing" word in quotes please. This was SEXUAL ASSAULT.

There is no other adequate word for it.

this country was founded on violence and it will end in violence. why all over this land stolen and founded on genocide is violence a norm? iraq, columbine, sand creek, vietnam, and now long island. jeebus cant save you. vote bush in 04.

WTF was that?Lay off the guilt of our elders line of bull****,and take a grammer class.

You mean "gramm_A_r"?

Did I say spelling?(slinking away like a maroon)

One assumes they are not "screaming for the guilty students to be suspended for the school year" because they are working with legal authorities to press charges of sexual assault -- and surely "school suspension" would then be low on the list of possible punishments.

Yeah, but then it screw up their dear football team. How about the end the footbal program at that school and spend the money wasted on those knuckle-dragging rapist on teaching other students something useful. I bet the computer and science department could put the money to good use.

"Working" with the authorities, in the sense of the school conducting their own investigation before police can interview people? Riiight.

Also, if you can find one country in the history of mankind that was not founded on violence (not even a teensy bit), I would be gobsmacked. Name one.

Andrew, your envy is showing. 100 bucks on the fact that you weren't a football player.

If you read those two sentences I just wrote and conclude that 1) I think football is more important than computer science, or 2) that I am somehow connected to / interested in high school or college sports, I would also bet you were picked on by the football players. I'm a non-athletic computer programmer.

I agree with the 'rapist' tag, but 'knuckle-dragging'? Regarding the closing of the football program, do you also think (as I do) that if computer science students at the school were trafficing porn, that the entire computer science program should be shut down?

(since when do I defend football players?)
LT

I am young student that has had something similar happen at my school. I know that our football team will always "HAZE" the younger boys but with stories like these they are begining to not be so abusive about all of it.