April 29, 2008

Wilson High School Hazing

I must admit, I have hazed, and I have been hazed. You see, I was in a fraternity. As anyone who has been Greek knows, hazing is generally part of the pledge tradition. For me, the hazing would involve doing another brother's dishes, making a "Dirty Harry run", getting each brother to sign my pledge book, carrying a brick around for six weeks, etc, etc. Pretty innocuous stuff. And it never crossed the line of criminality.

When the rookie football player is forced by the veterans at training camp to stand up and sing the song of his alma mater, that is hazing. When I was a freshman baseball player, I was forced to carry the equipment. That was hazing. Unfortunately nowadays, hazing has a much stronger connotation. A glimpse of the local newspaper or TV news can tell you that.

In case you've been living under a rock, you've undoubtedly become familiar with the alleged hazing incident involving the Wilson High School baseball team. If you have missed it, three varsity baseball players were charged Friday with various counts of third-degree aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after the alleged hazing of junior varsity players.

Even though we don't have details of the alleged incident yet, the quote by New York State Trooper Major Christopher Cummings, “I can’t say I’ve heard of anything that goes to this level”, is very disconcerting. I would think that a NYS Trooper Major has pretty much seen it all.

We're not going to play judge and jury. However, if, and that's a big if, these young men are found guilty of third degree aggravated sexual abuse, they need to go to prison. No youthful offender status, no plea bargains. I'm sick of this "it's just boys being boys" defense. Boys being boys doesn't involve forcibly inserting a foreign object into a younger boy's rectum - allegedly.

17 comments:

rufus said...

The more important question is how could this happen on a bus and the coaches not know? These bozos shouldn't even be teaching any more. Get'em out of the school NOW!

Sweaterman said...

I also played baseball at a local High School. We never had to go through that type of abuse.

In fact the worst thin I remember having to do as a JV Ball Player was to sit in the front of the bus and carry the water jug on and off the bus.

This type of behavior is unacceptable and these kids need to be taught a lesson.

anthony said...

At least it happened at Wilson.

Fawn Leibowitz said...

I played four sports while in high school. I don't really recall sodomy being a prerequisite for participation, or even as a way to be accepted by my peers.

But seriously, if I was the parent of one of these kids who had an object, which has yet to be determined, shoved up my kid's ass (allegedly, gotta throw that in), someone would be paying dearly.

And as far as the comment that at least it happened in Wilson, it could happen anywhere, so get your head out of your ass and realize that it could be your kid.

Pete M said...

I think the coaches deserve some of the blame, but it's definitely not the more important question. The more important question is what motivates a 17 year-old to stick an object in the arse of his younger teammate. That's not hazing, it's rape.

Frank DeGeorge said...

You're wrong if you don't think this is about what the coaches were doing. As parents, we expect our children to be under the proper supervision when involved in school activities.

When you leave a bunch of 17 year-olds to themselves, bad things happen. For everyone reliving their glory days of high school sports, I bet you can also remember a hardass coach who rode your team and made you walk the straight and narrow.

Where were the Wilson coaches?

Anonymous said...

So the nihilistic philosopher when it comes to politics is calling for more jails and policing of society. I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

Larry you forgot to mention its all the liberals fault because they kids cant play dodge ball anymore. Hobbs can't you spin this to put some of the blame on the Dem's ?

Anonymous said...

Larry now that Mount view is closed, NCCC is next, county's should not be running colleges.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Larry for that clarification. I now feel reassured in the belief that Armageddon is upon us.

DS said...

Hold your horses. We still don't know what took place on the bus. If the 'allegedly' part is true, then yes, this is a sick, full out crime. But keep in mind, that in today's day and age, even an atomic wedgee would be considered sexual harrasment.

Larry Castellani said...

anon-
Nah, they wouldn’t shut down N-Trip. The reason is that they would then have nowhere to remediate the people like you who are a couple chromosomes short of a baboon. And they have found that students who take my philosophy classes experience miraculous genetic reversals and often raise their IQ by 40-60 points. So if you took my courses that could bring your IQ up to about 65.

Anonymous said...

To think an older student could humiliate a younger teammate in this fashion is truly troubling.
These students need to feel the reprocussions of their actions. My only hope is that the abused players (along with parents and other family members) find strength in the people that are praying for them. They are heroes for coming forward.

Pete M said...

The district better have some serious gap insurance or lots and lots of reserves, because when this lawsuit is settled, they are going to have a serious bill on their hands. Millions.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Larry realizes the level of students who sign up for his course.

Larry Castellani said...

Yes, my students have a minimal 165 entrance IQ. They leave over 200.
But even my least intelligent student has a higher IQ than the total of most of the anonymous posters on this site.

Anonymous said...

The incident makes us realize how bad things are in our schools, not in Buffalo, but in Wilson for Gosh sake. Then you have Baia, a licenced teacher. His dad is a Porter councilman, and active community person. His mother a retired teacher. His father in law a respected community leader in Lewiston Kiwanis, and a State Parks Commissioner. I was shocked at Baia's "don't give a ----" involvement.
If you've been ever picked-on or beat-up in junior high, you only hope that the tough guy Baia's in our schools get what they deserve.