Police Investigate Hazing Incident in Gander
June 4, 2009
The RCMP are investigating an alleged hazing incident in Gander. It happened last Friday at an outdoor party and involved a Grade 9 student being paddled several times by a group of at least five Grade 12 students. Police say they used what appeared to be a hockey goalie stick with holes drilled in it. Sgt. Wayne Newell says the boy was reluctant to report the incident to police, but his mother convinced him to do so Wednesday. Newell says the boy won't provide all the details but it appears to have been a type of initiation. or hazing ritual where a person enters senior high school. The matter has been reported to Child, Youth and Family Services. Newell says no charges have been laid, and the boy may have a fear of repercussion. He says there were other Grade 9 students who may have been hazed but police haven't received additional reports.