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playing the part of reporter

I decided to act the part of investigative reporter and came up with a very interesting - and very disturbing - story. Sources will remain unnamed for now and forever. Sources were present at the Nassau County Courthouse yesterday, in the vicinity of people involved in the Mepham hazing hearing. Sources are not employees of Nassau County court or any court.

Two Pennsylvania residents, a husband and wife who live next door to the football camp where the abuse took place, have stepped forward to say that they heard screaming coming from the camp the night of the alleged attacks. They went to the camp to investigate and managed to gain entrance to the area where the dorms are, and where the rather distressed screaming was coming from.

After they called the police, they tried to get into the dorms to see what was going on, and they were stopped by two coaches who said they would handle whatever was going on.

Which means, if the story is true and I have no reason to believe it is not, that the coaches absolutely had knowledge of what went on that night. Heads are going to roll over this. As well they should.

Now, I'm sure most of you are pretty bored with my repeated posts on this issue, but there are some people who are very interested in this.

As I was Googling for hazing stories, I hit upon a blog I know and read; it seems Christine of Color Me Pink was the cousin of Chuck Stenzel, a young man who died as a result of hazing and who is mentioned in the footnotes of the post below. Chuck was from Long Island and I remember his story as if it happened last week, not 25 long years ago. Finding out that he was related to someone I know, even if just through reading her blog, just made me more determined to keep talking about this. It matters to some people. It matters a lot. It make not make one difference in the world that I write about this every day. Perhaps I will educate someone, perhaps I will just piss others off. I just want to make everyone - students, parents and teachers alike - think.

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Keep it up.It matters .

Police in Pennsylvania should keep a public blotter of all calls and complaints from that night, written down. If not, calls to police are generally tape-recorded and kept for an indeterminate period of time anyway.

One would wonder if police checked out those complaints, what the coaches told them, as well. In any event, if the cops were called it raises this story to an entirely new level. I'd like to have a look at that police blotter.

I can't speak for your other readers, but I'm not tired of you following it at all; in fact, I wonder every time I come to your site if there will be a post about the football players. You've made an avid follower of this story out of me.

Yes, please do keep following this story and updating your readers. It's important that someone does.

Even though I live in the area, I don't hear about this story much here in NYC. I don't read the tabs, and the NYTimes sucks on local coverage. So keep it up.

I want to see if anyone gets jailtime out of this -- obviously, the original perps, but also the adults responsible for allowing this to go on with their knowledge.

There is no way these dirtbags can rationalize their way out of this.

please --keep us informed-here in the west-colorado-we hear nothing except the kobe case

Which means, if the story is true and I have no reason to believe it is not, that the coaches absolutely had knowledge of what went on that night. Heads are going to roll over this. As well they should.

If that story turns out to be anything close to accurate, heads should do more than roll. If the coaches knew the rape was going on and prevented rescue of the victims, they need to be in prison.

If the law in New York state is the same as in California, (A reasonable assumption, I hope) then the coaches were mandated reporters, which meant they had a legal obligation to report any harm that came to the children under their charge.

What the attorney general of CA once proposed for an Enron official, it should happen to the coaches early and often.