Ketchikan police investigating hazing allegations

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Police are investigating the alleged hazing of several middle school students during the Fourth of July celebration here.

Three high school students have been charged with harassment stemming from the event, said Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog. Charges could be filed against as many as seven other students, he said. The names of the juveniles charged were not released.

Police said a group of juniors at Ketchikan High School targeted at least 10 middle school students for the hazing ritual.

The younger students' hands were bound with duct tape and they were taken to a parking lot where they were covered with eggs and syrup.

None of the victims reported any injuries, police said. Parents of some of the victims reported the incident to the Ketchikan Police Department, Sirevog said.

Hazing has been a problem in Ketchikan in years past, Sirevog said. Schools and local police have taken steps to prevent the ritual, he said.

Increased police patrols stopped an annual ritual of hazing students at Schoenbar Middle School on the last day of school. For the past few years, hazing rituals have apparently taken place during the Fourth of July festivities when police are busy elsewhere, he said.

One year, several incoming freshman were dragged behind a senior float in the parade, he said.

Students caught hazing other students could face charges of harassment and assault. If the hazing takes place on school grounds, students could face additional school disciplinary action, he said.

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