...of a hazing story that was going on around here, a couple years back. Check it out, below.
I never joined a frat, as I considered myself beyond all that freshman silliness by the time I ended my "school boycott" a year and a half after graduating from high school. Even then, I was still working full-time and going to school part-time, for the first semester, before I got smart and realized that college-life was THE life. Plus, I had saved nearly enough from my GM factory job to pay the rest of my way through.
I had friends in frats, and I heard a lot of sick stories about hazing. I don't remember anything so unequivocally gay, though. Mostly, it was about getting the pledges dangerously drunk, and dropping them off in the woods somewhere, sometimes without their clothes. I guess it was kind of gay, after all.
Football players charged with hazing at Scott County school
© August 13, 2003 | Last updated 11:31 AM Aug. 13
RYE COVE -- Four high school football players in Scott County have been charged with hazing two 13-year-old incoming players during a voluntary weight training session.
Richard Russell, an investigator with the Scott County Sheriff's Office, said Robert Benjamin Elliott, 18, of Clinchport, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old are accused of penetrating the students with ``either a broom or mop handle smeared with antiseptic cream'' during the June 16 practice.
``The victims were told that this was part of an initiation,'' Russell said. The suspects are charged with conspiracy, hazing and penetration, and Elliott also is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Darryl Johnson, director of personnel at Rye Cove High School, told the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News that the students have not been suspended or expelled, but that varsity head football coach Tom Calloway has dismissed them from the team.
The newspaper reported the assault in Tuesday's edition.
Russell said investigators have collected physical evidence for DNA testing from the locker room and taken a statement from Calloway.
He said the 13-year-olds were not seriously injured.
``We have heard of hazing incidents in the past, but I don't think they have ever been anything like this or as severe as this case looks initially,'' Russell said.