A Northbridge hazing allegation is circulating among the high school and administration officials this week, as NewsMax reports this Wednesday, Aug. 28, that four football players in their junior and senior years were accused of pressuring a freshman of drinking urine as part of a hazing ritual. Northbridge High School administrators in Massachusetts are allegedly calling the incident nothing more than “kids being kids,” and have decided that no forced urine drinking actually occurred, given the teen’s statement. Given this, the school is taking charge of any disciplinary action, if needed to be taken.
The Northbridge hazing attempt was brought to the forefront this week after a freshman football player at Northbridge spoke with police officers, saying that after being challenged by the upperclassmen to a “sled pad” race in this month that he lost, he was “seriously pressured …. to drink from a gall jug that didn’t have water in it, but urine.”
The teen offered in a statement that he took a sip of the urine, but spit it out without swallowing and was not forced to actually drink any. A fellow student brought the alleged hazing attempt to the principal of Northbridge’s attention, who opted to go to local police on the matter.
“There was an incident that came to our attention through the school,” Police Chief Walter J. Warchol reported this Monday. “We interviewed the victim and parents of the victim and they chose not to prosecute criminally. We honored their wishes. It was sent to the school administration to take whatever action they deemed appropriate. It’s in the hands of the schools.”
School administration at Northbridge is not saying what disciplinary action (if any) was actually taken against the four upperclassman football players who were allegedly part of the urine drinking hazing incident.
“I am prohibited by law from giving out any specific information on consequences,” concluded Superintendent Nancy Spitulnik. “I’m sorry. It’s state law.”
The high school’s athletic director discussed the Northbridge hazing accusation in his own terms, saying that neither the student nor parents wanted to pursue any charges.
“The parents of the so-called victim don’t want anything to happen … It was kids being kids. That’s their attitude. End of story.”
Superintendent Spitulnik also offered a school district statement on the issue.
“The Northbridge Public School District takes all incidents of hazing seriously, and follows strict protocols whenever an incident occurs,” the statement read. “We do a thorough investigation, and apply appropriate consequences that match the seriousness of the situation.”
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