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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Prosecutors Won't Charge High School Wrestlers In Hazing Case

As some of you may remember about a month ago I posted about 3 highschool wrestlers hazing a fellow student! If not you can read about it here. I have to say I am still outraged over this! The students get off with just a slap on the wrists and the coach only got a 3 day suspension because he failed to report it! I think that this is just disgusting! They should have all been punished for it in my opinion! But off course it is being put off as boys will be boys!

Credit: WFTV
POSTED: 6:54 am EST March 10, 2005
UPDATED: 2:49 pm EST March 10, 2005

DELTONA, Fla. -- Three high school wrestlers will not be prosecuted for hazing a hog-tied teammate because they lacked criminal intent, the State Attorney's Office said.

The boys, ages 17, 16 and 15, could have faced felony charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment. None had previous criminal records.

"We determined the school sanctions imposed satisfactorily punished the kids," said State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Linda Pruitt, noting that the boys were suspended from school and wrestling.

School officials would not confirm the boys' punishment, citing confidentiality laws.

The decision came Wednesday, a day after the Volusia County School Board suspended Deltona High wrestling coach Brian Kells for three days without pay for failing to report the incident.

Before the wrestling team's final home meet last month, a freshman and a sophomore wrestler were bound with jump rope by teammates in an incident school administrators described as hazing. The sophomore was shocked with a sparking device used to ignite propane grills. Deputies reported no physical injuries.

Records filed with the Circuit Court also noted that the decision not to prosecute the wrestlers was based on the conduct of the sophomore who "participated in similar activity" against the freshman. The sophomore, who also was suspended, withdrew from school.

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