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High school baseball players suspended for hazing that reportedly involved biting

Fake-teethHazing in high school sports is something that should never be tolerated. For the most part, we hear a lot of the same stories when it comes to older students mistreating younger players. However, every now and then the bullying involves something incredibly bizarre like biting.

That’s right, biting. According to The Times in Trenton, four Florence High School baseball players have been suspended for their alleged involvement in a hazing ritual that involved biting a younger player. The team’s head coach, Joseph Frappolli Jr., is also under investigation by the school’s administration.

Two sources familiar with the incident say it took place two weeks ago, when at least one sub-varsity player was restrained by other members of the team and bitten several times. Some of the bites were reportedly severe enough to break the younger player’s skin. One of the sources said the biting is a ritual that has been going on with the school’s baseball team for “years.”

Very few details about the situation have been disclosed at this time due to school policy, but it was allegedly reported by a friend of the abused player — not a parent.

“It was team misconduct,” Florence Township Superintendent of Schools Donna Ambrosius said. “We will not tolerate this kind of activity. The players have not been with the team since they were pulled when the incident was reported. We would like to try and get the team back together and move forward, but only if we know the students are safe.”

The district is still in the process of interviewing players, coaches and students who may know anything about the hazing ritual. We have heard of high school hazing rituals that involve sexual violence and disgusting games, but biting has to be up there with one of the most bizarre.

H/T Deadspin

Michigan HS team recreates Duke’s Christian Laettner play, and it works (Video)

Hudsonville-Christian-Laettner-playWhen Hudsonville High School (Mich.) found itself trailing by two points with only 1.5 seconds left on Monday night, it looked as if their hopes for advancing to the Regional Title game had all but disappeared. They had just about enough time left on the clock for a catch-and-shoot, but considering they were inbounding the ball from their own baseline the task seemed impossible.

Unless, of course, the Eagles could replicate one of the most famous sports plays in history. As you can see from the video above, Hudsonville was able to do exactly that and force overtime (score in the video is wrong) against the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. They pulled off Duke’s legendary Christian Laettner play to perfection. Brent Hibbits launched the ball 75 feet to Cody Stuive, who turned around and nailed the jumper.

“I just freaked out,” Stuive told FOX 17 in Michigan. “I just ran to the bench and was giving people hugs. Then I realized that now we have to win in overtime.”

It wasn’t all luck, either. Hudsonville head coach Eric Elliot called a timeout just before the play to make sure his players were on the same page as him.

“At that point you’re thinking with one-and-a-half seconds it doesn’t sound like a lot of time,” said Elliott. “In basketball-talk, you catch and you got one dribble. So it was just how do we get it into our guy’s hands within the three-point line so we can get a clean shot up.”

If we’ve learned anything from shots like this, this and the one that Hudsonville pulled off, it’s that some of the best buzzer-beaters come at the high school level. Perhaps the most amazing part about the feat was that the Eagles were able to refocus and win the game in overtime. Hudsonville will take on Muskedon for the Regional Title on Wednesday night.

H/T The Big Lead

Bronx high school track team members charged with violent sexual abuse for disturbing hazing

Bronx-high-school-track-hazingThree track team members from the Bronx High School of Science have been charged with violent sexual abuse after they allegedly hazed a younger student in disturbing fashion. According to CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez, the three students have been charged as adults with forcible touching, assault, hazing in the second degree and harassment.

The suspects were all teammates of the alleged victim’s and have been identified as as Thomas Brady, 16; Boubacar Diallo, 16; and Pier Berkmans, 17. The victim said his teammates began assaulting him in December when one of them allegedly told him, “You need a good fingering, you freshman,” and proceeded to penetrate him through his clothing.

In January, the victim says the suspects threatened to rape him if he did not allow them to touch him sexually. The boy also said he was held down and sexually assaulted and that the older boys struck him in the genitals with water bottles. According to the complaint, the most recent attack took place last week when the victim was held on the ground and sexually assaulted. He said he told the assaulters they were hurting him, to which one responded, “Don’t resist, we won’t hurt you.”

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High school student Justine Betti secretly videotapes gym teacher stealing from students in locker room (Video)

Gym-teacher-stealingLinden High School (Calif.) sophomore Justine Betti suspected that something had to be wrong when several of her classmates noticed things were missing from their backpacks after gym class throughout the school year, so she decided to take action. According to ABC News 10, Betti suspected someone had been stealing money and other items from backpacks. She decided to set up a hidden camera in the locker room and was surprised with her findings.

In early February, Betti hid a camera inside a locker and discovered that the culprit was the gym teacher. She later hid two cameras inside separate lockers to capture multiple angles on a different day, and the videos clearly showed the teacher going through backpacks and taking what appeared to be money.

“After all the kids left she stayed in there and went through people’s backpacks,” Betti said. “I saw her take money and then I told people and nobody believed me. Something needed to be done. Like, that’s not ok.”

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Minnesota high school goalie Austin Krause suspended 10 games for antics

Farmington goalieAustin Krause is already an internet legend. The Farmington High School (Minn.) senior is the star of a video that has gone viral this week, which shows him throwing an epic fit (video here) and scoring on his own goal to prove a point to his coaches. According to KMSP-TV in Minneapolis, Krause has received a 10-day suspension from the school for his antics.

The puck that Krause put in his own net with 3:13 remaining in the third period tied the game at 2-2. As if the shenanigans weren’t already costly enough, Farmington went on to lose 3-2. On Wednesday, Krause reportedly explained the situation on on his Facebook page, via The Farmington Independent:

“They played this sophomore goalie for the starter, he was terrible, I would try and talk to the coaches about this and tell them I want playing time but they never really listen to me or gave me a chance to show them that I’m a better goalie but still wouldn’t trust me so I had it it with I asked a few of my players if they care if I did it and they didn’t care they thought it would be funny so at the third period they dumped it in I stopped it put in my net started to skate off then flicked the coaches not the team the coaches then I saluted them then got off.”

“My hockey season is over. I did it for myself. (Like my status) if you think the coaches should quit:)”

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California high school athletes busted for running a ‘sex fantasy league’

It’s hard to keep track of what the kids are doing these days, but we can tell you that not all of it is good. Fantasy sports have swept the nation over the past several years as a favorite hobby of people of all age groups. However, some of the students at Piedmont High School in California have taken the concept of “fantasy” games a bit too far.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a number of Piedmont athletes have been caught running a sex fantasy league in which unknowing female students are drafted to their teams. A letter from school principal Rich Kitchens that was sent to parents on Friday said the students tallied points for “documented engagement in sexual activities” with the female students who are on their “rosters.” A group of students came forward after a date-rape awareness assembly in early October to inform authorities about the league.

“We’ll react to things as they come to us,” Piedmont Unified School District assistant superintendent Randall Booker said. “We’re not making excuses, we’re not minimizing it, we’re not sanitizing it. We’re an educational community. Our point is to take issues like this and treat them as educational opportunities, and if there are criminal issues, we report them to the police.”

Piedmont police said that no laws were broken and no sexual assault charges have been filed, so Booker has urged parents to discuss the issue with their children rather than just having them listen to school officials. Kids will be kids, but parents should be pretty disturbed by by this one. This is much worse than what happened at the high school in Maryland.

H/T Off the Bench

High schooler Jenson Daniel denied request to play on girls volleyball team

Jenson Daniel is a high school volleyball player who attends Yonkers High School in New York. However, male volleyball players at Yonkers High School have one pretty significant issue to deal with — there is no boys volleyball team because of a shortage of funds.

Unfortunately, Daniel is out of luck at the moment. The 17-year-old senior did what he had to do in order to play the sport he loves by signing up for the girls team, only to be told by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association that a boy on the girls team will not be allowed. The reason? He’s too tall, strong and fast of course.

Last year, Jensen was told he could be the team manager of the girls volleyball team — a team he had watched practice since his freshman year. He also got into several games but there were some objections raised by opposing coaches, one being that he wore mesh shorts instead of spandex like the rest of the female players.

“I felt that it wasn’t right,” he told The Journal News. “It was humiliating.”

But he kept wearing the spandex and kept playing in games, until it was ruled this year that he can no longer compete. Now, Daniel simply practices and warms up with the team.

“My teammates, my school, my church, my community — everybody supports (me),” Daniel said, adding that the theme of his college essay will be his battle to remain on the girls team. “I’m pretty confident. I’m going to fight it because nothing is given. You earn it, you take it. I’m going to fight it as much as I can.”

Like the cheering team that was disqualified for having a male compete, sometimes rules are rules — even if they don’t seem fair. Jenson is a victim of an unfortunate circumstance, but kudos to him for doing everything he can to overcome it.