Police Investigating Possible Hazing at Fernandina Beach High School

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#1 Dec 1, 2011
Police Investigating Possible Hazing at Fernandina Beach High School

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/22...

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#2 Dec 1, 2011
Here is another article about it:

http://m.firstcoastnews.com/localnews/article...
LearnTheTruth

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Dec 2, 2011
Oh boo hoo
Hazing has gone on every where through out history.
This is not a "severe"(?) incident. Just saying, this kid getting paddled is not bad. Compare it to something else, say being picked on daily by other students! What took place was a ritual of acceptance. The team had accepted him as a member of their family.(notice had)Bruises three days later???? So what, I have had them for a week or more from playing paint ball!!
An Observer

Fernandina Beach, FL

#4 Dec 2, 2011
This comment is directed at "Learn the Truth"

First of all, hazing is NOT what it once was. Initiations are NOT supposed to leave students brutalized and battered. Being paddled is involuntary corporal punishment and is assault and battery, plain and simple. Students should feel free to join a team sport without being physically harmed! Obviously you are young and haven't had many life experiences. The accused could face serious consequences - and I hope all parties responsible (including the coach since he obviously knew hazing was taking place at each practice) are held accountable!

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#5 Dec 2, 2011
Hazing is dangerous.

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#6 Dec 2, 2011
What is about these wrestlers that like to spank bare bottoms? I'm some of them just want to check out their equipment.

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#7 Dec 2, 2011
Here's the latest article on it:

Police: Wrestler beaten by teammates at school-
Teen struck more than 14 times with paddle, police say

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Police-Wrestler-...

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#8 Dec 2, 2011
Another update:

No Discipline Yet as Fernandina Beach High School Investigation into Wrestling Hazing Continues

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/arti...
LearnTheTruth

Jacksonville, FL

#9 Dec 3, 2011
An Observer wrote:
This comment is directed at "Learn the Truth"
First of all, hazing is NOT what it once was. Initiations are NOT supposed to leave students brutalized and battered. Being paddled is involuntary corporal punishment and is assault and battery, plain and simple. Students should feel free to join a team sport without being physically harmed! Obviously you are young and haven't had many life experiences. The accused could face serious consequences - and I hope all parties responsible (including the coach since he obviously knew hazing was taking place at each practice) are held accountable!
I totally agree, they are not what they once were. They should not leave someone brutalized and battered. I (my opinion)think this incedent has been blown out of proportion by the parents. This student was probably boasting about what happened at home, smiling and rubbing his rear saying "ha ha, wow kinda hard to sit" (jokingly) and mom and dad got freaked! Oh not to mention the possible "hey we can make some money here"
Like I said in my last post, I have had bruises from paint ball last for over a week, so the bruises don't necessarily prove him to have been severe "brutalized and battered."

So, no comments from the "victim", was he upset about this and complained? Or did he feel accepted for one time in his life until the point where his parents became over zealous?!

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#10 Dec 3, 2011
We don't know all the details and maybe the boy did feel upset. We don't know. Neither the alleged victim or alleged perpetrators have any comments in the news article and probably for legal reasons.
An Observer

Fernandina Beach, FL

#11 Dec 4, 2011
You don't know the extent of the injuries either, do you? Don't assume the parents are over-reacting. Obviously it was bad enough that they did something about it later in a season, which indicates this was on going. Paintball isn't the same as what we're talking about here. You say "the student was probably boasting." That is only an assumption on your part, nothing more. And why would the victim of this crime (assault and battery is what the police said) which to read such ignorant commments such as the one you posted about someone you know absolutely nothing about? When you play paintball you do that voluntarily. Obviously people aren't lining up for voluntary beatings since the team has lost over half of the original team since the season started. Hmm, I wonder what that reason could be...perhaps that they chose not to allow themselves to be beaten? They sigined up to play a sport for thier school, not to be brutalized.
Disgusted

Fernandina Beach, FL

#12 Dec 4, 2011
This kind of behaviour has no place in our schools. These people are behaving like neanderthals, not members of a team sport. I am shocked that any coach in charge of organized sports in any school would condone this kind of animal pack behavior. There is simply no way he didn't know this was taking place.

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#13 Dec 4, 2011
Hazing gets out of hand and people can die from it.
Shame

Hollywood, FL

#14 Dec 4, 2011
I know both sides of the story. First of all the kid is no rat, his mother noticed bruises, big ones on his lower back. He was trying to hide it from her. He just wanted to be a part of the team. She tried to report it anonamously but the police persuaded her otherwise, because the bruises were so bad. The boy is pissed embarrassed and sad. But honestly this hazing had to stop. It started off a couple years ago with red bellys now they ducted his hands to the lockerroom wall and bet him. That is crap.
LearnTheTruth

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Dec 5, 2011
An Observer wrote:
You don't know the extent of the injuries either, do you? Don't assume the parents are over-reacting.......... When you play paintball you do that voluntarily..........
Are you blonde? Just wondering because obviously my statement went right over your head! I was NOT comparing Paintball to beatings. The article stated the bruises were in place several days later. I said I had them longer from paintball. The length of time he had the bruises can not necessarily be used to determine the severity of the "beating", unless I guess if you are David Caruso!(CSI Miami for you "An Observer") Again, it may have been this student's mother "freaking out"!(over-reacting)
Disgusted

Fernandina Beach, FL

#16 Dec 5, 2011
I know both sides too, I can assure you no one was "freaking out" or "over reacting" as the previous post stated. The student involved is not a crybaby nor is he someone who voluntarily reported anything. His parents saw that their son had injuries and of course, wanted to get to the root of that discovery.

Lets limit the comments to intelligent people you are talking about the reality of hazing in our schools and universities. You go enjoy your world of TV shows and paintball.

No one deserves being subjected to ritual beatings in order to "fit in" and be a part of any group whether it be sports or otherwise.

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

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Fernandina Beach, Florida

#17 Dec 5, 2011
These are kids at the school. There shouldn't be any activity (hazing) like this. I don't agree with adults doing it either but adults can get out of those situations easier than a minor.

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#18 Dec 5, 2011
Someone was killed in a hazing at a Florida college recently.

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#19 Dec 5, 2011
Here is the Fernandina Beach News-Leader article about it:

Hazing alleged at high school

http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2011/12/...

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#20 Dec 7, 2011
You would think that ActionNewsJax (Fox 30/CBS 47)( www.actionnewsjax.com ), MyNassauSun ( http://jacksonville.com/community/nassau ), and The Florida Times-Union ( www.jacksonville.com ) would have covered this but I don't think they did.

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