Four Maryland teenagers accused of sexually assaulting football teammates in a locker room were indicted Thursday by a grand jury, with additional conspiracy charges that line up with prosecutors’ contention that the suspects acted together during the alleged broomstick attacks at Damascus High.
A second high school in the Maryland suburbs has confronted an alleged episode of hazing involving football players, officials confirmed — as administrators contend with continuing concern about alleged sexual assaults by players at Damascus High, a football powerhouse.
The sexual assaults of four high school football players in Maryland last week were part of a hazing ritual at Damascus High School involving a broomstick, according to the accounts of suspects and victims detailed in a police report about the allegations.
Salisbury University has suspended its chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for hazing, after members were reported to have hit pledges with paddles and held forced workouts at an off-campus house, a school official said.
The records from Maryland's public universities, which have investigated the allegations of hazing by fraternities, sororities and athletic teams in recent years, shed new light on rituals long cloaked in secrecy and shame.
Dunbar is apparently looking for a new varsity football coach. The job vacancy was posted on the school's website Friday morning. Lawrence Smith has been the coach since 2007 and guided the Poets to five state championships.
New members of Towson University's top-ranked cheerleading team last summer were blindfolded and led into a room where they were given adult diapers to wear during a dance described as a hazing ritual, newly released documents show.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, among the nation's largest and most storied college fraternities, eliminated the controversial "pledging" process Sunday, saying new members once referred to as "pledges" immediately would be treated as fairly and equally as more senior brothers.
Baltimore school officials are investigating hazing allegations involving the Dunbar High School football program, and parents are protesting the possibility that the school's celebrated coach may be removed.
By By Erica L. Green and Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun
Members of a fraternity chapter at Salisbury University beat a recruit with a paddle, forced pledges to drink until one vomited blood, and forced students to stand in trashcans full of icewater, according to an investigation this week by Bloomberg.
The topics of hazing and bullying are being discussed in NFL locker rooms after the Miami Dolphins suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive tackle.
Cornell University released its report Sunday on incidents that led to the suspension of the men's lacrosse team from fall events. The report reveals what it calls a "presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals."
Cornell has placed its men's lacrosse team on temporary suspension and canceled all "fall ball" competitions pending an investigation into a hazing incident last Friday, the school said in a statement.