Coopersville hazing prompts federal lawsuit

There are 20 comments on the Jun 2, 2008, WZZM Grand Rapids story titled Coopersville hazing prompts federal lawsuit. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

School officials and former students in Coopersville are facing a $5 million dollar federal lawsuit in connection with athletic hazing incidents last year.

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Juno

Kearny, NJ

#1 Jun 2, 2008
Sooooo far out fetched. Its all about money
Unfair justice

AOL

#2 Jun 2, 2008
Look at the kid from Montague who got expelled and kicked off the football team and jail for sleeping with a classmate, so where is the justice in that compared to a HAZING. The Montague kid didn't hurt anyone. I wish he just got community service and expelled.
Mrs D

AOL

#3 Jun 2, 2008
If one coach lost his job, all of them should have also.
This has been going on for years and a tougher punishment should have been given by the court. The expelled students should NOT be allowed back in any school.
This is the worst kind of 'bulliness'.
Really

Sterling Heights, MI

#4 Jun 2, 2008
Juno wrote:
Sooooo far out fetched. Its all about money
The students who did this, got a slap on the wrist for what they did!
Don't blame the parents for taking it further!
If it was your child who this horrible treatment happened to, you would be seeking anything and
everything!
Don't know why these students are even considering getting reinstated in Coopersville, guess they have no shame at all!

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#5 Jun 2, 2008
Only 5 Million $'s? I would have expected it to be much, much more.
abbie

Burton, MI

#6 Jun 2, 2008
At least one of these "victims" had been involved in the attacks and that all was funny until it happened to him. It is unforunate that this happened and I would hope it never happen again. The students have been punished they did what the court ordered.
I am not trying to minimize what these boys did it was wrong!!!!! My son went through a similar situation at another school. We worked it out he has grown into a fine young man.
What it is going to accomplish suing the school district? As far as I am concerned these parents are not helping their children deal with the problem. They are making it worse by keeping it in the news. Spend some of your time teaching your children how to cope instead of teaching them to be sue happy.
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#7 Jun 2, 2008
I really believe this story is about students abusing other students. THey should not get away with it. It is wrong!!

I heard on the news tonight that two coaches knew about the hazing incidents, and at least one was present. It is wrong!!
Juno

Kearny, NJ

#8 Jun 2, 2008
Its all about money, these kids didnt even need counseling!!! I'd have them pay for that if it was sooo traumatizing to them. The younger kids all still go to the school..Ummm such a bad school my but. These kids are young adults and no whats right and wrong, the school had nothing to do with it and should not pay them a dime to build his new house, he had to sell..Umm the new one is still being buil in coopersville school district.

Since: Sep 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Jun 2, 2008
Unfair justice wrote:
Look at the kid from Montague who got expelled and kicked off the football team and jail for sleeping with a classmate, so where is the justice in that compared to a HAZING. The Montague kid didn't hurt anyone. I wish he just got community service and expelled.
Hazing is one thing, raping a passed out girl is another....
cdc

Comstock Park, MI

#10 Jun 2, 2008
who got the 5 million!!??? one of the kids momma and daddy rich???
Blame Who Then

Wixom, MI

#11 Jun 2, 2008
Really wrote:
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The students who did this, got a slap on the wrist for what they did!
Don't blame the parents for taking it further!
If it was your child who this horrible treatment happened to, you would be seeking anything and
everything!
Don't know why these students are even considering getting reinstated in Coopersville, guess they have no shame at all!
Don't blame the parents? Who shoule we blame then?
Should we blame CPS for bringing a suit against themselves?

What a great lesson that these parents are teaching their children!

Should this whole incident have happened in the first place? Probably not. But how mommy & daddy grifters response is as much of an influence on how these kids ultimately turn out as the incident itself.

Five million? Give me a break!!
Becki

Muskegon, MI

#12 Jun 2, 2008
I don't think suing is the answer. I think it just makes things worse in the long run. Teaching your kids to sue to deal with all of your problems isn't the answer.
I feel that the coach that knew about the hazing should loose his job! He was the one of authority. He knew better! That's not how the real world works! It's not all fun and games, I don't care what all of you jock types say people get hurt!
roth

Baldwinsville, NY

#13 Jun 2, 2008
dragon_fly121 aka steve wrote:
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Hazing is one thing, raping a passed out girl is another....
there is more to the montague story, like money and politics, like in the girl was running around naked at the party before the "attack" and oh my, she supplied the alcohal at the party
Confused

United States

#14 Jun 2, 2008
roth wrote:
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there is more to the montague story, like money and politics, like in the girl was running around naked at the party before the "attack" and oh my, she supplied the alcohal at the party
So that makes it ok to rape her cause she was drunk & naked? What next you're gonna say she was asking to be raped?

Since: Sep 07

Auburn Hills, MI

#15 Jun 2, 2008
roth wrote:
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there is more to the montague story, like money and politics, like in the girl was running around naked at the party before the "attack" and oh my, she supplied the alcohal at the party
Doesn't much matter if she supplied the booze, or if she was running around naked. She was passed out and un-able to give consent to sexual relations, hence....rape.

I'm guessing that, in your little mind, when a woman says "no", that's not what it really means.
Really

Sterling Heights, MI

#16 Jun 2, 2008
Blame Who Then wrote:
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Should this whole incident have happened in the first place? Probably not.
Probably not? What a stupid remark! so you think this was okay?
coop mom

United States

#17 Jun 2, 2008
I think that everyone who comments on this board should know the facts and the facts are the parents of these kids gave the school every chance, many, many chances in fact to deal with the incident the right way, meaning expelling the students, apologizing, dealing with the coaches, assistants and athletic director the right way. The school did not do any of that, nothing, no apology, nothing. They completely ignored everything that happened and to this day nothing has changed in those locker rooms. So if you people such as JUno and confused want to make your comments than come to the board meeting next Monday at 5:45 and talk about it. Don't hide behind your fake name and make assinine comments about the victim being a perpetrator. You obviously don't know the truth. You have listened to what the perverts said happened. Besides the fact there were more than just one kid that was "hazed" and this other kid did nothing wrong and didn't even know about anything happening until he walked into the locker room to get his backpack. So what happens to him, he is practically molested by his peers. Should he have to walk the halls with these perverts that did that too him, because they "served their communtiy service" when he in fact he did nothing to any of them. He fought like hell to keep the creeps from doing anything more severe to him than what they did. Get your facts straight if you are going to comment here, like all my facts are!!
coopmom2008

Syracuse, NY

#18 Jun 2, 2008
abbie wrote:
At least one of these "victims" had been involved in the attacks and that all was funny until it happened to him. It is unforunate that this happened and I would hope it never happen again. The students have been punished they did what the court ordered.
I am not trying to minimize what these boys did it was wrong!!!!! My son went through a similar situation at another school. We worked it out he has grown into a fine young man.
What it is going to accomplish suing the school district? As far as I am concerned these parents are not helping their children deal with the problem. They are making it worse by keeping it in the news. Spend some of your time teaching your children how to cope instead of teaching them to be sue happy.
I think they are having a hard time teaching their sons to cope being attacked over a period of months,by groups of students, having genitals rubbed in their faces and having toothbrushes inserted into their rectums. Gee, I'm not sure, but I would have a hard time coping with this happening to my son, especially when there were coaches who knew about it and gave tacit approval by not stopping it. If it had been my son, I imagine I would have a hard time swaallowing the bologna about a zero tolerance policy towards bullying. But that's just me. Maybe you could give lessons in coping. I would need some, if that were MY son.
Laura

Rockford, MI

#19 Jun 2, 2008
What was the nature of the hazing? If these boys were beat or something similar I can see why the parents would sue, although I find $5 million to be ridiculous. But I haven't read on here what actually HAPPENED. A lot of times things are all fun until they happen to you or your child and then all of a sudden it is 'hazing'. I am curious why the school itself should be held responsible, it sounds like they expelled the students involved and fired the person they deemed responsible. It seems quite apparent that now it's all about money.
c-ville

East Syracuse, NY

#20 Jun 2, 2008
Wow this is turning into such a mess. The boys shouldn't have done this in the first place, they made a bad decision and they should live with the consequences. They can be forgiven, but forgiven doesn't necessarily mean allowed back in the system. I think Coopersville should stand tall and tell those boys "sorry, you did what you did, you don't think you did wrong,so what's to say you won't do it again" I wouldn't trust those kids as far as I could throw them. I hope the board members think of their own kids at this time and would they want them in a locker room with these boys" What will make these boys not be worse next time and give stronger threats not to tell to their victims.
Keep these type of kids out of Coopersville Schools. It is a great district, so keep it that way and show the community that we have strong values and high expectations.
Take the athletic director's secretary out of there too. She is the mom of one of the boys who did this. I hope the district doesn't consider that to be one reason to let those boys back in. If that is the case find another secretary.

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