Can good come from hazing incident?
I don’t know what’s going to happen next in Holdenville after a hazing incident was reported last week.
The details have become widely known — a freshman football player was the target of two junior football players. Investigators have said that the scrotum of one of the older players was rubbed on the younger players face. One of the older players was suspended from school for a year, the other for three days.
What happens now is anyone’s guess.
But here’s my hope — that everyone learns from this.
In the decade-plus that I’ve been in the state of Oklahoma, I can’t remember a case like this, an incident where an athlete was hazed in such a sexual manner. For that, I’m thankful. But I also think this is a great opportunity for coaches and players in Holdenville and elsewhere to talk about hazing.
I talked with a high school football coach Monday who said he planned to talk to his team that afternoon about hazing. It was their first practice since news of the Holdenville incident came to light, and he intended to address the issue with his team.
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